Keith Welks, Esq.
Deputy State Treasurer for Fiscal Operations
Pennsylvania Treasury Department, Harrisburg
Mr. Welks is Deputy Treasurer for Fiscal Operations for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. He oversees the processing of more than 60 million Commonwealth payments each year to vendors, employees, grant recipients and beneficiaries. He is also responsible for development and implementation of special programs for Treasury that will allow the Commonwealth’s assets to produce greater returns, such as reasonable earnings on investment accompanied by community development, job creation, economic growth, environmental protection or energy conservation. Mr. Welks led the creation of Treasury’s Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (HELP) and Treasury’s alternative to predatory payday loans (Better Choice), and is actively involved in efforts to develop a secondary market to support energy efficiency financing for residential improvements and to transform energy conservation at college campuses. Mr. Welks is a 1975 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He created and served as the first chief of the Pennsylvania Environmental Crimes Section in the Office of Attorney General. Following that, he served as Chief Counsel of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.