David A. Clark Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation
David first began his tenure with DEP in 2004, where he worked in the Division of State Lands and then the Office of Cabinet Affairs until 2010. After four years in the U.S. Army as an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, David returned to DEP in 2014, serving as both Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Director of State Lands. From 2016 to 2017, David served DEP as the Director of State Lands, a position confirmed by the Governor and Cabinet. David’s leadership experience in the Army, his tenure at DEP, and his education, which includes a real estate license and degrees in business administration and accounting, assist him in leading the Florida State Park System, the Division of State Lands, and the Office of Operations. In his time at DEP, David has worked closely with Florida’s cabinet agencies and numerous stakeholders, including the military and environmental groups, to accomplish many strategic acquisitions that has helped ensure the protection of Florida’s land and water resources while balancing recreational opportunities.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.