Christopher Hartley is the Senior Environmental Markets Analyst with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of Environmental Markets. He is responsible for the development of policy, tools, and metrics to facilitate private investment in conservation and the participation of farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners in emerging environmental markets. He previously worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC, and in California. He is a member of the National Capital Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, where he has served in numerous leadership positions.
Hartley is a Certified Crop Advisor and a licensed Pest Control Advisor with more than 25 years of experience working in support of production agriculture and the promotion of clean air, clean water, and a safe and abundant food supply. He earned a doctorate in agricultural ecology and master’s degrees in agronomy and international agricultural development from the University of California–Davis. He also served with the US Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, from 1993 to 1996.