DNR Biographies

Acting Commissioner Marty Rutherford

Marty Rutherford has held leadership positions in state government for more than 27 years. She has considerable experience in the oil and gas sector as well as the development of state natural resource law and policy.

Rutherford has a key role in the State's efforts to develop a North Slope natural gas project and has been involved in gasline issues for more than 20 years. She was appointed Acting Commissioner by Governor Bill Walker in 2016 after having served in this capacity several times in the past. Rutherford served as DNR Deputy Commissioner from 1992 to 2005, and from late 2014 until her current appointment.

Rutherford also has served as a director and a deputy commissioner in the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development. 

Prior to rejoining DNR in 2014, Rutherford served as special project manager for Linc Energy.

Rutherford was born in rural Valdez before the construction of the trans-Alaska Pipeline. Her home is now Anchorage, where she enjoys spending time with her daughter and two dogs.

Deputy Commissioner Ed Fogels

Ed Fogels is responsible for overseeing five divisions -- Agriculture, Forestry, Mining, Land & Water, Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Support Services – as well as the Office of Project Management and Permitting.

Fogels has worked in the department for more than 24 years. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner, Fogels served as the director of the Office of Project Management and Permitting and as the State's Mining Coordinator responsible for the permitting and administration of all large mining projects in Alaska. Prior to that, Fogels managed the Alaska Coal Regulatory Program and the Land Disposal and Homesteading programs. He spent several years as the department's Resource Planner in the Fairbanks location.

Fogels earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. He is married to Luann, the school nurse at South Anchorage High School, and together they have a beautiful daughter. Ed enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly-fishing and cooking with Alaska Grown products.

Deputy Commissioner (Vacant)