On April 30, the Senate voted to reconfirm Cindy Adams Dunn as secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Russell Redding as secretary of Agriculture.
Cindy Adams Dunn
Dunn has led DCNR since she was nominated as Acting Secretary in January 2015 and was later confirmed by the Senate. She returned to the agency where she worked under three governors in multiple positions over the last two decades.
Since November 2013, Dunn had served as the president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization.
Prior to her time at PennFuture, Dunn served as DCNR’s Deputy Secretary of Conservation and Technical Services from 2007-2013, where she led DCNR’s conservation landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30-$60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the Commonwealth.
Redding has led the Department of Agriculture since being named Acting Secretary in January 2015 and was later confirmed by the Senate.
Redding is the former dean of the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at Delaware Valley College.
Redding has extensive experience as a public servant, having spent more than 20 years serving Pennsylvania in Harrisburg and Washington D.C. He worked on Capitol Hill as Ag Policy Advisor to U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and served for 16 years in the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, serving as secretary from 2009-2011 under Governor Rendell.