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Becky Norton Dunlop
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Becky Norton Dunlop serves on the senior management team of The Heritage Foundation as Vice President for External Relations. Her responsibilities include the departments engaged in strategic outreach and communication to conservative public policy institutions and other leadership organizations, international, state and local government officials, business leaders and conservative policy activists. She represents Heritage and presents conservative policies and views in national and international venues.

Prior to joining Heritage, she served as Secretary of Natural Resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia in the Cabinet of Governor (and now Senator) George Allen. Her responsibilities included the Departments of Environmental Quality, Historic Resources, Game and Inland Fisheries, Conservation and Recreation, the Marine Resources Commission, the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Department and the Natural History Museum. She was the principal environmental policy advisory to the Governor and held this post from 1994 to 1998. During her tenure, the agencies were stream-lined, decentralized and down-sized while the quality and condition of the natural resources and the environment were enhanced. Governor Allen also appointed Mrs. Dunlop to serve as co-chair of the Governor's Council on Self-Determination and Federalism and Vice-Chair of his Commission on Environmental Stewardship.

In the 1980's, Mrs. Dunlop was a senior official in the Administration of President Ronald Reagan, including service in the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel and Special Assistant to the President and Director of his Cabinet office. She served in the U.S. Department of Justice in 1985 and 1986 as Senior Special Assistant to the Attorney General managing Cabinet level domestic policy issues including environment, family policy, federalism, tort reform, privatization and welfare reform. During 1987-1989, she was Deputy Under Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior and Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks. President Reagan also appointed her to head the Interagency Committee for Women's Business Ownership, a U.S. Commissioner to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and as his Personal Representative to the Northern Marianas. She now serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Reagan Ranch, Rancho del Cielo, in Santa Barbara, California.

She is a frequent speaker in the United States and internationally including in Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Slovak Republic, Italy, Switzerland and Great Britain. Dunlop also writes and is a contributor to electronic and print media. She founded her own company, Century Communications, Inc. in 1977 which focused on strategic planning, communications and managing for results. Her bachelor's degree is from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Dunlop is the author of a newly released book Clearing the Air, which discusses current environmental and natural resources challenges in the context of federalism. She is a Senior Fellow of the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution that published the book.

Dunlop serves as a board member for the National Wilderness Institute, Defenders of Property Rights, the Family Foundation of Virginia, the Virginia Institute of Public Policy, the American Conservative Union, the Association of American Educators, the Institute for 21st Century Agriculture and the Reagan Alumni Association. She is on the Advisory Council for the Landmark Legal Foundation and Hunters for the Hungry, a member of the Philanthropy Roundtable and a Fellow with the Atlas Foundation. She recently served as an appointee of the Senate Majority Leader on the Women's Progress Commemoration Commission. Dunlop and her husband, George, reside in Arlington, Virginia.

ICAS Web Site Links for Becky Norton Dunlop:

An Intellectual, Committed, Adaptive and Steadfast Leader
2015 Fall Liberty Dinner
April 20, 2010 Leadership Training Conference, Washington D.C.
American Values and Immigrants
2005 Summer reception and Dinner
ICAS Bulletin, January 25, 2002
Winter 2002 Liberty Award Dinner
ICAS Liberty Award
Great Principles America Values

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