Dairy Program Director, North America Agriculture Program
With more than 15 years of experience in environmental sustainability, field work, agriculture, and animal care, Alisha Staggs is director of the dairy program for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Agriculture Program. She works on multiple projects and partnerships, including Feed in Focus, a cost-share program with dairy farmers to advance the adoption of regenerative agriculture practices; a Conservation Innovation Grant-funded project to explore innovative feed management strategies that can reduce enteric methane emissions in dairy cattle; and an ongoing partnership with Dairy Management, Inc. Alisha’s work is guided by a strategic focus on how dairy can significantly contribute to the organization’s 2030 goals. Notably, she works with colleagues across TNC’s state programs to help dairy farmers and partners increase the use of regenerative practices that improve the environmental footprint of dairy operations, while enhancing the resiliency and sustainability of operations.
Alisha brings deep experience from both the non-profit and corporate sectors, including as sustainability manager, Animal Agriculture, for Walmart. In that role, she led strategy for both environmental and welfare outcomes in Walmart’s meat and dairy supply chains. Prior to joining Walmart, Alisha worked in the NGO world for several years. She held roles as supply chain manager for the Environmental Defense Fund’s corporate partnerships program and as a program officer for agriculture at World Wildlife Fund, where she was commodity lead for dairy. She holds a BS in field biology from John Brown University and an MBA from the Walton College Graduate School of Business at the University of Arkansas. Alisha lives in Bentonville, AR, and stays busy with her two young sons, Leo and Roman.