FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 15, 2016
DEP SECRETARY APPOINTS RYAN MATTHEWS AS DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR REGULATORY PROGRAMS
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Jon Steverson today announced the appointment of Ryan Matthews as Deputy Secretary for Regulatory Programs. Matthews will provide oversight and direction to the divisions of air, water and waste, and the department's regulatory districts. The appointment is effective Nov. 16.
"Ryan brings a deep understanding of many of Florida's most pressing water and environmental issues to this role," said DEP Secretary Jon Steverson. "His knowledge and experience in all levels of government will be a valuable asset to our regulatory programs."
Matthews most recently served as DEP’s Director of Water Policy, where he was responsible for overseeing the coordination and implementation of Florida's statewide water-policy issues with water management districts and other agencies. He also served as steering committee chair of the Central Florida Water Initiative, where he worked closely with Florida’s water management districts and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, as well as water utilities, environmental groups, business organizations, agricultural communities and other stakeholders as part of a collaborative water supply planning effort.
Matthews will bring experience from both the private and public sector, where he focused on issues relating to the environment, water standards and growth management at local, state and federal levels. He earned his Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law and an L.L.M. in Environmental/Natural Resources Law from University of Denver-Sturm College of Law.