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Darci Vetter

Global Head, Policy and Government Relations

Washington, D.C.

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Darci Vetter Darci Vetter is the Global Head, Policy and Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. © Darci Vetter


Sustainability, Agribusiness, Agriculture, policy


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Darci Vetter is the Global Head, Policy and Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. She leads TNC’s work to expand what is possible in conservation through transformational policies that achieve equitable climate and conservation outcomes for people and nature. She is an expert in international trade, agriculture and environmental policy.

Ambassador Vetter served as Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative from 2014-2017. In this Senate-confirmed presidential appointment with the rank of ambassador, she was responsible for bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, including the Trans Pacific Partnership agricultural package, and significant bilateral negotiations with Japan, China, Brazil and other countries.

Ms. Vetter served as Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture from 2010-2014, where she oversaw the Foreign Agricultural Service, led the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s international trade negotiating team, directed USDA’s export assistance programs, and coordinated USDA's role in international food aid and trade capacity building. Before joining USDA, she served on the Senate Finance Committee staff and at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, working on environmental and agricultural issues.

Ambassador Vetter joined TNC in 2022 from Edelman Global Advisory, where she supported clients in the sustainability, commodities, supply chain, agribusiness and global trade arenas. She also served as a diplomat in residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she worked to launch the Yeutter Institute in International Trade and Finance.

Ms. Vetter is a member of the board of directors of the Neogen Corporation, the Farm Foundation and the Washington International Trade Association. She received her master of public affairs degree and a certificate in science, technology and environmental policy from the School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton and her undergraduate degree in environmental justice from Drake University in Des Moines. She grew up in Nebraska on an organic farm and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two small children.

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