DCNR Executive Staff


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Martha Smith
Acting Chief Counsel

Martha Smith was named acting chief counsel in March 2015, overseeing all legal matters for DCNR and a staff of four attorneys. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Smith provided counseling in real property law, including acquisitions for the Bureau of Forestry and Bureau of State Parks, boundary disputes, easements and rights-of-way, rails-to-trails matters, warrants and patents, real estate contracts, navigable rivers, grants, and litigation in both county and appellate courts and the Board of Property. Ms. Smith has been with the commonwealth since 1985, working first for the Department of Environmental Resources until the creation of DCNR in 1995. Prior to joining the commonwealth, she began her career clerking for The Honorable Carson V. Brown, President Judge of the Clinton County Court of Common Pleas, from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 to 1985 she worked in private practice at Saxton and Flayhart, a general practice law firm, and as a part-time public defender and a member of the Zoning Hearing Board. She is a 1975 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University (B.S. Law Enforcement and Corrections) and a 1978 graduate of the Duquesne University School of Law.


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Nathan Flood
Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services

Nathan Flood was appointed DCNR’s deputy secretary for conservation and technical services in February 2014. In this role, he is responsible for managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of Topographic and Geologic Survey and Recreation and Conservation. This includes providing leadership on the design, development and delivery of key initiatives for the department. Additionally, he continues to manage and maintain working relationships with members of the legislature, other state agencies, private organizations, and other partners involved with the operations of both bureaus.

Prior to his appointment as deputy secretary, Nathan was the DCNR director of legislation and strategic initiatives. In that role, he was responsible for overseeing and managing the department’s legislative function as well select strategic initiatives. He served as the department's executive liaison to the Governor's Office of Legislative Affairs on all legislative and strategic initiatives impacting DCNR; oversaw the analysis of proposed legislation; and evaluated the impacts on DCNR programs and goals.

Before joining DCNR, Nathan worked for Senator Mike Brubaker serving as his chief of staff. In that role, he managed legislative and policy issues, constituent outreach and also developed and implemented strategic initiatives for the senator’s office.

Preceding his time with Senator Brubaker, Nathan worked for Tyco Electronics. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in government and political affairs from Millersville University. He is from Clearfield County and currently resides Lancaster County.