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Executive Director, State Athletic Commission

Ed Kunkle

Ed Kunkle was appointed Executive Director of the State Athletic Commission in September 2023, after having served as Assistant Executive Director since April 2023 and as Chief Inspector overseeing Professional Mixed Martial Arts, Professional Boxing, Professional and Amateur Kickboxing, Professional and Amateur Muay Thai, and Professional Wrestling events from 2006 to 2018. Kunkle also served as the New York State Director of Mixed Martial Arts from May 2019 to September 2021 and Deputy Commissioner from 2016 to May 2019. Additionally, Kunkle was an Assistant Senior Manager at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) from 2021 to 2023, where he was responsible for the maintenance and repair of bridges in the City of Philadelphia, and a Senior Manager at PennDOT from 2000 to 2019, where he supervised a staff of 120 employees. A native of Pennsylvania, Kunkle lives in Doylestown with his wife, Amy, and their daughter Makayla.