DCNR Executive Staff


Brian Grove
Deputy Secretary for Administration

Gov. Tom Corbett appointed Brian Grove deputy secretary for administration in October 2013. In this role, Mr. Grove is responsible for the agency’s human resources, administrative services and information technology bureaus. Prior to joining DCNR, Mr. Grove spent four years as senior director of corporate development for Chesapeake Energy Corporation. He worked eight years in state government in the Ridge and Schweiker administrations, serving in several high-level administrative positions: director of the Office of Public Liaison, deputy director of operations, and deputy director of the Governor’s northeast Pennsylvania regional office. Additionally, he spent several years as chief of staff to Pa. Sen. Lisa Baker. Mr. Grove has a long history in conservation and recreation projects in his region and community. From 2003-2006, he was the executive director Back Mountain Recreation, a regional community recreation non-profit corporation dedicated to the conservation of open space and the development of recreational facilities serving several communities in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. Mr. Grove has served on the board of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and as a board member and volunteer on numerous other academic, conservation, community development, economic development, and health-related non-profits. Mr. Grove is a 1995 graduate of West Chester University with a degree in political science. He is also a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Strategic Leadership for State Executives at Harvard University.


Richard Morrison
Chief Counsel

Richard Morrison was named DCNR’s chief counsel in November 2013. Prior to joining DCNR, Mr. Morrison was acting chief counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection. He served as executive deputy chief counsel for the Department of Environmental Protection's Office of Chief Counsel since May 2012. He previously served as assistant director of DEP’s Bureau of Regulatory Counsel. He joined DEP in January 2005 and served as program counsel for the department’s mining program, for the Bureau of Radiation Protection and the Bureau of Waste Management. Prior to joining DEP, Mr. Morrison was in private practice in the New Jersey office of Ballard, Spahr, Andrews and Ingersoll where he practiced environmental litigation and franchise law. From 2001-04, he was an assistant counsel to the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board. He is a 1994 honors graduate of Rutgers School of Law, Camden.





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.