The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Ms. Debbie Reed

Executive Director, Ecosystem Services Market Consortium LLC

Debbie Reed serves as Executive Director of the ESM Consortium, working on this project and its activities since its inception. She has focused on GHG mitigation and ecosystem services from the agricultural sector since 1997, having worked at the White House Council on Environmental Quality as the Director of Legislative Affairs and Agricultural Policy; and in the U.S. Senate as a Senior Staff on natural resource and agricultural issues for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey of Nebraska.  Previously, she held numerous leadership positions at the U.S.D.A., including special assistant to the Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics, and special assistant to the Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service. Her work at USDA included serving on multiple bi-national commissions on agricultural science and technology; and as the USDA Executive Secretariat for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans. She has graduate and undergraduate degrees in human nutrition/dietetics, chemistry, and communications.

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