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Brian Clark was named Deputy Commissioner for Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources in 2019. In this role, Brian functions as chief operations officer, assisting the Commissioner and overseeing the agency’s seven divisions as they help to carry out the mission of the department. He works closely with the department’s leadership and staff, as well as the Commission, in developing internal and public policy. Brian has served with Kentucky Fish and Wildlife since 1995 and has more than 30 years of professional experience in fish and wildlife conservation. He has worked in a variety of jobs in his career, ranging from technician to research associate to field biologist to administrator.
Brian was raised on a farm in rural North Carolina, where he developed a passion for the outdoors at a young age. He started with the department’s Wildlife Division as an entry-level biologist and served in several other positions before becoming a regional wildlife coordinator. In 2010, he was promoted to assistant director of the Public Affairs (now Marketing) Division, where he worked extensively on survey research and other public involvement efforts, helped build the department’s social media platforms, and worked to establish its digital and email marketing programs. Before his current role, Brian served as Chief of Staff for the department.
Brian serves on or chairs several regional and national committees and workgroups that are aimed at improving the effectiveness of state fish and wildlife agencies and partnering organizations who share mutual goals, such as increasing participation in outdoor activities. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in forestry and wildlife from Virginia Tech, a Master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries sciences from the University of Tennessee, and a graduate certification in human dimensions (social sciences) from Colorado State University. He has been a Certified Wildlife Biologist since 2000. Brian loves the department’s staff and constituents, is passionate about what Kentucky Fish and Wildlife does as an agency, and works diligently to help advance its mission. He is a lifelong hunter, angler, boater and wildlife watcher. Brian enjoys going afield with friends and family, and mentoring new participants in the outdoors.