Director Jason Sumners


Jason Sumners serves as the 10th Director of the Missouri Department of Conservation. During his tenure at MDC, Jason has been instrumental in developing the agency’s strategic and operational direction, served as Deputy Director, Chief of Wildlife and Science Branches, led the state’s white-tailed deer management program, took part in Missouri’s elk reintroduction efforts, developed a private lands deer management program, and led the Department’s effort to develop and implement a chronic wasting disease (CWD) management and surveillance strategy. Jason received a Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Biology from Mississippi State University. He is a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club, active member of several regional and national conservation related committees and has been recognized by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for his leadership in science-based approaches to wildlife conservation. 

Director Jason Sumners portrait