Krysta Harden serves as Executive Vice President of Global Environmental Strategy for Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), which manages the national dairy checkoff on behalf of nearly 37,000 U.S. dairy farmers. In May of 2020 Krysta was named Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Dairy Export Council.
Harden plays a key leadership role in defining the vision, strategy and plan forward for U.S. dairy’s environmental commitment. Collaborating with dairy farmers and leadership within the dairy community, Harden will continue to identify the science, best practices and metrics that will further advance the positive impact U.S. dairy has on the environment and the important role it plays in a sustainable food system.
Before DMI, Harden served three years as Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer for Corteva Agriscience, the Agriculture Division of DowDuPont. She also spent three years as DuPont Vice President of Public Policy and Chief Sustainability Officer.
Harden spent seven years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she was deputy secretary. She also was chief of staff to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and was assistant secretary for congressional relations.
Harden received her B.A. in journalism from University of Georgia.