Noah Valenstein was appointed Secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection by Governor Rick Scott on May 23, 2017. He returned to DEP with nearly 15 years of public service experience with governmental agencies and a passion for natural resource protection.
Noah most recently served as executive director for the Suwannee River Water Management District, where he oversaw the protection and conservation of water and land resources across 15 counties. His previous experience includes working on environmental, agricultural and energy issues in the Executive Office of the Governor and Florida House of Representatives, as well as with several of Florida’s leading environmental non-profit groups.
With a strong belief in the power of partnerships, Noah is focused on building relationships between diverse groups of stakeholders, including environmental and agricultural groups as well as local communities and businesses. He’s built a reputation of bringing groups together to overcome obstacles and work toward a shared goal of environmental protection, and is committed to continuing in this spirit of partnership and service as DEP Secretary.
Noah was born in Gainesville, Florida and graduated with honors from the University of Florida’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. He also holds a law degree from Florida State University. Noah resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Jennifer and daughter, Ava.
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.