President Barack Obama intends to nominate Krysta Harden, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s chief of staff, as Agriculture deputy secretary. Harden would succeed Kathleen Merrigan, who resigned in May.
Harden has been chief of staff since 2011 and before that served as assistant secretary for congressional relations at USDA since Obama took office in 2009.
From 2004 to 2009, she served as the chief executive officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts, and from 1993 to 2003, she was the senior vice president of Gordley Associates.
Harden served as staff director for the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Peanuts and Tobacco ...