Beth Sauerhaft, PhD - American Farmland Trust

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Beth Sauerhaft, PhD

Acting President and CEO

Dr. Sauerhaft is a sustainability expert who has worked in the public, private and non-profit sectors. She currently works as the Acting President and CEO at the American Farmland Trust leading the organization while the President and CEO is on sabbatical. In addition, Beth is the Vice President of Programs and supervises a rock-star team of national initiative directors who are subject matter experts in their respective fields, and she contributes to strategic direction and planning for the organization as a member of the executive team. Beth also chairs EPA’s Farm Ranch and Rural Communities Committee. She previously worked at PepsiCo where she introduced sustainability to the product innovation, budgetary and strategic planning processes of Corporate R&D and the agricultural supply chain; the US Environmental Protection Agency where she brought diverse agricultural stakeholder voices to the rulemaking process; and, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service where she developed national policy and worked with farmers to implement Farm Bill programs and put conservations practices on the ground. Beth earned her Ph.D. in arid land agroforestry from Texas A&M University; has a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University in Natural Resource Ecology; and, a BA degree in American Studies from Grinnell College.