Ryan Matthews is the Interim Secretary for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Matthews previously served as the Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs, where he oversaw and directed the air, water and waste regulatory programs in Tallahassee and across the state. These programs carry out DEP’s role in permitting facilities (such as manufacturing and power plants) and providing them assistance with compliance.
Prior to becoming Deputy Secretary, Matthews served as the director of the Office of Water Policy. In that role, he directed the coordination and implementation of Florida’s statewide water policy with the five water management districts as well as state agencies and local governments. Prior to joining the department, Matthews worked for five years in both the General Counsel’s Office and Legislative Affairs Department of the Florida League of Cities.
He is an attorney who earned his JD from Florida Coastal School of Law and his LLM in environmental law from Denver University. Matthews lives in Tallahassee with his wife and two children.
Tony Carvajal serves as Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber Foundation, the research and solutions development arm of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Working in partnership with state business leaders, the Foundation advances initiatives that envision a vibrant and sustainable economy in the Sunshine State.
He is regularly called on to provide guidance and insights into state-level plans and has served on numerous policy steering committees covering topics as varied as education, early learning, workforce development, economic development, transportation, healthcare, volunteerism, civic infrastructure, philanthropy, and smart justice.
He served as the lead facilitator guiding the development of the Six Pillars, a change management framework for securing Florida’s future competitiveness, prosperity and sustainability. The Six Pillars have been adopted by businesses, communities and governments across the state and several state chambers and economic development organizations across the country.
Previously, Tony spent 20 years managing and consulting with trade and professional associations across the country. His consulting practice specialized in strategic planning, Board & staff development, and the design of innovative leadership systems.
Tony is a doctoral student at Florida State University, earned a Masters in Public Administration from Florida International University, and holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and communications. He is a certified association executive (CAE) and a graduate of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Organizational Management (IOM) where he not only earned a specialty certification in nonprofit management and administration but also has been an instructor in the program for the last 10 years.