David A. Clark Deputy Secretary for Land and Recreation Director, Division of State Lands
David A. Clark 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 serving four years in the U.S. Army as an officer with the 82nd Airborne Division, America’s Guard of Honor, David returned to DEP in 2014, serving as both Director of Cabinet Affairs and Deputy Director of State Lands. David has served DEP as the Director of State Lands since March 2016, when he was confirmed by Governor Scott and the Florida Cabinet. In September 2017, David was appointed Deputy Secretary of Land and Recreation. In the interim, David will continue to serve as the Director of State Lands. 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 will help ensure the protection of our land and water resources while balancing recreational opportunities. His leadership experience in the Army, along with his tenure at DEP and his education – including a real estate license and degrees in business administration and accounting from Flagler College – will greatly benefit DEP and our state’s natural resources.
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.