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- Lt. Governor Boyd K. Rutherford
- Steven R. Schuh, County Executive, Anne Arundel County
- Andrew Winston, Globally Recognized Green Business Expert
- The Hon. Wayne T. Gilchrest, U.S. House of Representatives (former), Maryland
- Mark J. Belton, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
- Luis E. Borunda, Deputy Secretary of State, Office of the Secretary of State
- Kevin Brennan, Chief, Navigation Branch, Operations Division of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District
- Laura Bruner, Organization Effectiveness, Mission Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Corporation
- Patty Bubar, Acting Director, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
- Lauren Buckler, Assistant Secretary - Design, Construction & Energy, Maryland Department of General Services
- Ellington E. Churchill, Jr., Secretary, Maryland Department of General Services
- Chris Correale, Director of Harbor Development, MDOT Maryland Port Administration
- James Deriu, Vice President, Regional Practice Leader, KCI Technologies
- Joel Dunn, President & CEO, Chesapeake Conservancy
- Peter Ettinger, Executive Vice President, BTS Bioenergy
- Greg Farley, Director Office of Sustainability, Washington College
- Craig L. Fuller, CEO and Chairman, The Fuller Company
- Justen Garrity, Founder and President, Veteran Compost
- Adam Genn, Director of Development, Weller Development Company
- Peter Goodwin, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
- Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
- Michael Harris, Chief Financial Officer, Maryland Environmental Service
- Steve Hellem, President, Navista
- Troy Hunt, Vice President, Operations, Corvias
- Andrew Jakubowitch, Senior Engineer, Century Engineering, Water/Wastewater Division
- Eileen Kao, Chief of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Section, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
- Rick Kilbourne, Senior Manager, Solar Business Development, Constellation Energy
- Shawn Kreloff, Executive Director, CEO Americas, BTS Bioenergy
- Kaley Laleker, Acting Director, Land and Materials Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment
- Steve Levitsky, Vice President of Sustainability, Perdue Farms
- Dominique Lueckenhoff, Acting Director, Water Protection Division, US EPA Region 3
- Justin Mattingly, Research Manager, Water Research Foundation
- Thomas Maulding, Vice President and General Counsel, Weller Development Company
- Roy McGrath, Director/CEO, Maryland Environmental Service
- Denise Naguib, Vice President, Sustainability & Supplier Diversity, Marriott International
- Adam Ortiz, Director, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment
- Mark Reemts, PE, Managing Engineer, Anchor QEA, LLC
- Susan Robinson, Senior Public Affairs Director, Waste Management
- Matthew Rowe, Assistant Director, Water and Science Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment
- Marilyn Rybak, Associate Director, Prince George’s County
- Jeff Salkin, News Anchor, Maryland Public Television
- Andrew Sargent, Senior Business Development Representative, Maryland Department of Commerce
- Joe Seehusen, Director, Housing & Building Energy Programs, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
- Christopher B. Shank, Chief Legislative Officer, Governor Larry Hogan
- Patricia Sinicropi, Executive Director, WateReuse Association
- Liz Sitter, Professional Engineer
- Matthew R. Stanton, Vice President, Global Public Policy, Under Armour
- Eileen Straughan, President and Founder, Straughan Environmental Inc.
- Mary Beth Tung, Director, Maryland Energy Administration
- Beth Wojton, Deputy Director/COO, Maryland Environmental Service
- Jason Ziss, Business Development Director, Kurtz Bros., Inc.
2019 Environmental Business Leadership Conference
The Four Seasons Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland
July 10, 2019
Joel Dunn, President & CEO, Chesapeake Conservancy
Joel Dunn is President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, MD dedicated to protecting Chesapeake landscapes that are vital to the health of the Bay and its cultural heritage. With a regional population approaching 18 million and growing and with tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy strives to restore the health of the Bay and its rivers by preserving working farms and forests and protecting the region’s rich history and character, ensuring a brighter future for the Bay for generations to come.
Dunn leads the Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen the connection between people and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as way to promote a greater appreciation for the need to conserve the landscapes and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources. Under Dunn’s leadership, the Conservancy has focused on using technology to practice precision conservation and building successful partnerships with federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.
Prior to joining the Conservancy, Dunn spearheaded government relations and project management in the Chesapeake region for The Conservation Fund. His work helped establish protection for National Parks, National Wildlife Refuges and National Trails, including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Dunn has also worked on Capitol Hill and in conservation science.
Dunn earned a Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and a Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences from Duke University, where he was a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Science from The Evergreen State College. In 2010, Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment gave him their Rising Star Award for his work in conservation.
Dunn is a member of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council, co-chair of the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership, and serves on the Maryland Joint Study Committee for Program Open Space. In 2018, Dunn was appointed to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s Maryland Outdoor Recreation Economic Commission and the Maryland Department of Transportation Attainment Report Advisory Committee (ARAC). Dunn was a Climate Leader with The Climate Change Reality Project and served as the chairman of Partners for Open Space for two years (2012,2013).
Dunn served on the Severn River Commission and as a member of the Annapolis Conservancy Board (2008-2011). Additionally, Dunn was a member of the Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Mitigation Working Group for Maryland’s Commission on Climate Change (2007) and served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Virginia Outdoors Plan (2006).
In 2009, Dunn received proclamations from the State of Maryland for his work as a member of the Maryland Climate Commission, and the City of Annapolis for his work as a member of the IDEA Team to establish more effective, efficient and transparent city government. Dunn has served as an election judge in Anne Arundel County.
Dunn was co-editor of A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation. He has written numerous opinion editorials for newspapers in the Chesapeake region, served as a panelist for Maryland Public Television’s Chesapeake Bay Summit and Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) OceansLIVE.
He lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, two daughters and two Labrador retrievers.