The DNR Commissioner is the administrative and executive head of the department. The commissioner has authority over public lands and waters, state parks and forests, timber, mineral resources, recreational trails, and wildlife of the state, and their use, sale, leasing, or other disposition. The powers and duties of the commissioner are detailed in Minnesota Statutes 84.027.
Sarah Strommen, Commissioner
Governor Tim Walz appointed Sarah Strommen as Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources.
- Contact the commissioner's office: [email protected]
Bob Meier, Policy & Government Relations Director
This position directs and coordinates the department's legislative activities, monitors implementation of new legislation, monitors congressional and federal agency activities which impact the department.
Melinda Anderson, Senior Landscape Architect
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II (Public Entity) Coordinator
No qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any public entity.
The ADA Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the DNR to comply with Title II and investigating any complaints that the entity has violated Title II.
Sarah Spence-Koivisto, Affirmative Action Officer/ADA Title I Coordinator
Equal Opportunity to participate and benefit from programs of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is available to all individuals without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or membership in a local human rights commission.
The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the department's Affirmative Action Program. This work is led and managed by DNR's Human Resources team under the direction of the DNR Commissioner.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner
Appointed January 7, 2019
Formerly the DNR’s assistant commissioner, she now oversees a DNR staff of about 2,700 located in St. Paul and around the state, with the mission of working with Minnesota citizens to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, providing outdoor recreation opportunities, and providing for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life. Prior to coming to DNR in 2015, Strommen served as assistant director at the Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) before becoming acting deputy director. She previously served as policy director for Friends of the Boundary Waters Wilderness and as associate director of the Minnesota Land Trust.
Strommen holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, where she majored in biology and Latin American studies. After graduating from college, she used a Fulbright research scholarship to do field work in Costa Rica, and subsequently earned her master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University.
She served several terms on the Ramsey city council and was elected mayor in 2012, a position she stepped down from in May 2018. She is an avid outdoors person, spending family weekends fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, and hiking.
Commissioner's Leadership Team
Barb Naramore serves as DNR's Assistant Commissioner for the Divisions of Ecological and Water Resources, Forestry, and Lands and Minerals.
Prior to joining the DNR in January 2013, Naramore was Executive Director of the Upper Mississippi River Basin Association, where she had worked with five states, federal agencies, and stakeholder groups on river-related programs and policies since 1990.
Naramore graduated from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and holds a master's in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute.
Bob Meier is the Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Government Relations for the DNR. He is responsible for the management and coordination of the DNR's legislative and governmental activities and relationships. Previous to this position, he was Legislative Affairs Director for the DNR from 2003-2007, and Legislative Affairs Director for the Office of Environmental Assistance from 1994-2003.
Meier holds a M.A. in Public Administration from Hamline University, a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota's College of Agriculture and a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
He is an avid outdoors person, and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and many other outdoor recreation activities.