[photo, Joshua E. Kurtz, Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources] JOSHUA E. KURTZ, Secretary of Natural Resources

Secretary of Natural Resources since March 2, 2023. Acting Secretary of Natural Resources, January 18 to March 2, 2023.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2023-; Smart Growth Subcabinet, 2023-. Chair, Governor's Council on the Chesapeake Bay (Governor's Chesapeake Bay Cabinet), 2023-. Chair, Cliff Erosion Steering Committee, 2023-; Coast Smart Council, 2023-; Rural Legacy Board, 2023-; Scenic and Wild Rivers Review Board, 2023-. Co-Chair, Executive Committee for Dredged Material Management Plans, 2023-; Project Green Classrooms Initiative, 2023-.

Board of Directors, Maryland Agricultural and Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, 2023-. Member, Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2023-; Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2023-; Animal Waste Technology Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Bay Restoration Fund Advisory Committee, 2023-; Chesapeake Bay Commission, 2023-; Chesapeake Bay Trust, 2023-; Commission on Climate Change, 2023-; Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays, 2023-; Deep Creek Lake Policy and Review Board, 2023-; Maryland Efficient Grant Application Council, 2023-; Maryland Green Building Council, 2023-; Maryland Green Purchasing Committee, 2023-; Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, 2023-; Historic St. Mary’s City Fort to 400 Commission, 2023-; Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee, 2023-; Invasive Plants Advisory Committee, 2023-; Council on Open Data, 2023-; Patuxent River Commission, 2023-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2023-; Potomac River Fisheries Commission, 2023-; Rural Maryland Council, 2023-; Seafood Marketing Advisory Committee, 2023-; Maryland Semiquincentennial Commission, 2023; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Small, Minority, and Women Business Affairs, 2023-; State Soil Conservation Committee, 2023-; Transportation Enhancements Program Executive Committee, 2023-; Maryland 250 Commission, 2023-.

Born in Maryland. University of Delaware, B.S. (wildlife conservation), 2008; School of Public Policy, George Mason University, M.P.P. (public policy), 2011. Director, Policy and Government Relations, The Nature Conservancy in Maryland, 2016-21 (government relations representative, 2013-21). Maryland Executive Director, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, 2021-23. Married.

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