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The Nature Conservancy Appoints Ambassador Darci Vetter as Global Head for Policy and Government Relations

Sandhill Cranes in Nebraska
Sandhill Cranes Roosting on the Platte River © © Chris Helzer/TNC
Darci Vetter Headshot
Darci Vetter Headshot Darci Vetter Headshot © Darci Vetter

Today, The Nature Conservancy announced that Ambassador Darci Vetter will join the organization as its Global Head for Policy and Government Relations starting March 7. Vetter joins the organization from Edelman Global Advisory, where she supported clients in the sustainability, commodities, supply chain, agribusiness, and global trade arenas.

“I’m thrilled to be joining The Nature Conservancy at this crucial time,” said Vetter. “Growing up on one of the U.S.’s oldest organic farms in Nebraska taught me from an early age that protecting the world’s lands and waters and fostering biodiversity were a way of life. I see these lessons I learned on the farm echoed in TNC’s dedication to tackling some of the planet’s most important challenges, including climate change and unprecedented biodiversity loss. I look forward to leading a team of talented, dedicated, and creative problem-solvers toward advancing the policies needed to implement change.”

Recently, Vetter was a diplomat in residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she worked to launch the Yeutter Institute in International Trade and Finance. From 2014-2017, Vetter served as chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, a Senate-confirmed Presidential Appointment with the rank of ambassador. In this role, she was responsible for bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, including the Trans Pacific Partnership. She has decade’s worth of international public policy expertise and has held roles with the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

As the new Global Head, Vetter will lead a team of policy and science professionals working to achieve transformational outcomes for conservation and climate solutions, aiming for policy changes globally, regionally, nationally, and locally.

Vetter will report to CEO Jennifer Morris, who said, “In addition to her policy expertise, Darci is a skilled collaborator with deep experience in building relationships and persuading diverse stakeholders to mobilize in support of a common vision. She thrives in navigating the complexities of governments, financial institutions, and international organizations to advance effective policy solutions, and she has the track record to show it.”

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, Iowa. Vetter is a member of the board of directors of the Neogen Corporation, the Farm Foundation and the Washington International Trade Association.

Vetter lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and two children. She’s an avid gardener, loves to cook, and hikes frequently in local parks.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 76 countries and territories—37 by direct conservation impact and 39 through partners—we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.