Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Biography
Commissioner Jason W. Brune
Jason W. Brune was appointed as the Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation on December 3, 2018. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Brune was the senior director of land and resources at Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI), an Alaska Native Corporation. Mr. Brune oversaw and participated in the development and administration of CIRI’s 1.6 million acres of subsurface resources, including oil, gas, minerals, sand and gravel, and coal. He supervised the team’s staff, environmental contractors, stakeholder management, and legal review, while building relationships with CIRI’s villages. Mr. Brune also worked to identify priorities for addressing contaminated lands. Prior to working at CIRI, Mr. Brune worked for Anglo American as the company’s public affairs and government relations manager.
Brune is also the former executive director for the Resource Development Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Carleton College and his graduate work was in environmental science at Alaska Pacific University.
He has served on the Alaska Sealife Center Board, Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Team, Tyonek Tribal Conservation District Board, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Public Advisory Committee, and numerous other business and civic organizations.
Deputy Commissioner Lynn Kent
Lynn Kent has over 30 years of experience in federal and state environmental and natural resource law and policy, serving as Deputy Commissioner for the State of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation from 2011 to 2015.
Ms. Kent worked as a project manager for the Alaska gas line project at the Department of Natural Resources and previously served as Director of the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Water and as Director of the Division of Spill Prevention and Response. Prior Department of Environmental Conservation experience also includes roles as program manager for the Water Quality programs, Contaminated Sites program and the Spill Prevention, Planning and Management program. On behalf of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Ms. Kent implemented several programs in Alaska including the hazardous waste, spill response, and Superfund programs. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Western State Colorado University with graduate work in Environmental Science from the University of Alaska.