Peter Walke

  • Director, RGGI, Inc. Board of Directors
  • Commissioner, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Peter Walke is the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. He was appointed to the position in February 2020 by Governor Phil Scott. Walke had served as the deputy secretary for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) since January 2017, after serving as chief of staff for the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Raised in Vermont, Walke attended Williams College in Massachusetts and the University of Colorado. After college, Walke joined the Navy, serving nine years as an intelligence officer stationed in Florida, Virginia, England and Colorado, and was deployed twice to support counterterrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. After resigning his commission, Walke was selected for a leadership development fellowship serving the governor of New York. He quickly became one of the governor’s primary environmental advisors and was named chief of staff of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. 

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