Matt Strickler

Matt Strickler is the current Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources, serving under Governor Ralph Northam since January 2018.[1][2]

Matt Strickler
10th Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources
Assumed office
January 13, 2018
GovernorRalph Northam
Preceded byMolly Joseph Ward
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWashington and Lee University
College of William and Mary


Strickler originally hails from Lexington.[2] After receiving degrees in public policy and environmental studies from Washington and Lee University, he completed master's programs in public policy and marine science at the College of William and Mary,[2] where he studied aquaculture and sustainable development at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.[3] Strickler completed his studies at the College of William and Mary in 2007. He was selected that year as a Knauss Marine Policy Fellow through the Virginia Sea Grant Program.[4]


Strickler first met Ralph Northam in 2008, while working in Hampton Roads for Mark Warner's 2008 senatorial campaign.[3] Northam then brought Strickler on as a legislative aid, upon being elected to the Virginia State Senate.[1][2] Strickler oversaw Northam's offices in Richmond and Norfolk. In 2010, the Virginia-Pilot described Strickler as Northam's "only full-time staffer".[3]

Strickler has also served as a senior policy adviser to the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources.[1][2]

In 2010, Strickler co-founded Old Plantation Oyster Company LLC,[5] an oyster farming company in Cape Charles, Northampton County on Virginia's Eastern Shore. His co-founder, Clark Mercer, served as Northam's Chief of Staff during Northam's lieutenant governorship, and has continued to serve in a similar position under Northam's governorship.[3]


  1. Gregory S. Schneider (December 14, 2017). "Northam names Democrat from Lynchburg as secretary of transportation". Washington Post. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  2. Robert Zullo (December 14, 2017). "Northam announces Cabinet picks for Natural Resources, Agriculture and Forestry". Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  3. Scott Harper (December 23, 2010). "Second job, oyster farming, builds on his first love". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  4. David Malmquist (December 19, 2017). "Northam names W&M, VIMS alum as resource secretary". Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  5. "Old Plantation Oyster Company". Retrieved December 29, 2017.

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