Peter Walke, Deputy Secretary

Peter Walke's Biography

Head shot of Peter Walke, ANR Deputy Secretary

Peter Walke is the Deputy Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. He was appointed to the position in January 2017 by Secretary Julie Moore, leaving his post as Chief of Staff for the neighboring New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Raised in Vermont, Walke first pursued higher education in Massachusetts, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (cum laude) from Williams College. He subsequently received a Masters of Arts in Applied Geography from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree, Walke joined the Navy, serving for nine years as an intelligence officer. During his time in the Navy, he was stationed in Pensacola, FL, Virginia Beach, VA, England, and Colorado Springs, CO. He deployed twice in support of counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

After resigning his commission, Walke was selected to join a leadership development fellowship serving the Governor of the State of New York. He quickly became one of the Governor’s primary environmental advisors, and was named to the post of Chief of Staff of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. After more than two decades living in other states and abroad, Walke is excited to have returned to his hometown of Montpelier, Vermont, and to continue his pursuit of excellence in environmental leadership at the Agency of Natural Resources.

Peter lives in Montpelier with his two children, Everett and Regan. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his kids, being outdoors, and reading.