John J.P. Woodley

Board Member
John Paul Woodley, Jr. is a principal in the Environmental and Energy Practice Group at Advantus Strategies in Richmond, Virginia.

After his tenure as Deputy Attorney General of Virginia for Government Operations, Woodley served as Secretary of Natural Resources for Virginia, with overall responsibility for environmental protection and permitting, outdoor recreation and open space management, inland and marine fisheries and historic resources in the Commonwealth.

In 2001, Woodley was appointed Assistant Deputy under Secretary of Defense for Environment, the principal environmental advisor to the Secretary of Defense is responsible for policy and oversight of the Defense Department’s environmental cleanup, compliance, pollution prevention and natural resource management. From 2003 to 2009, Woodley served as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), supervising the civil works functions of the Department of the Army, including the civil works activities of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and Arlington National Cemetery.

Strengthening the Corps wetland regulatory program was a major initiative under Woodley’s leadership. His most notable accomplishments were overseeing restoration of the Florida Everglades, and the reconstruction of the hurricane protection system for New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Woodley has been honored with the U. S. Army Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service, the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, the Silver de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Regiment, and as a Fellow of the U. S. Section of PIANC, the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure.

He and his wife reside in Fairfax County, Virginia.