Krysta Harden, current chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 2011 has been nominated to be the USDA Deputy Secretary. Harden proceeds Kathleen Merrigan who resigned earlier this year.
Harden comes to the post with extensive experience within agricultural policy. She served as assistant secretary for congressional relations at USDA from 2009 to 2011. From 2004 to 2009, she served as the chief executive officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts.
Previously, Harden was the senior vice president of Gordley Associates from 1993 to 2004. She served as staff director for the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Peanuts and Tobacco from 1992 to 1993. From 1981 to 1992, she held a number of roles including legislative director, chief of staff, and press secretary for Congressman Charles Hatcher.
Harden received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia.