Beth Sauerhaft is a Sustainability Consultant with a Ph.D. in arid land agroforestry. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, and consulted in fashion, food and beverages, farmland investment, ocean sustainability, and agriculture. Beth worked previously as the Senior Director of Corporate Sustainability at PepsiCo, where she introduced sustainability to the innovation, budget, and strategic planning processes in Corporate R&D, and developed pilots and programs targeting enhanced social and environmental sustainability of dairy and arable crop supply chains.
Before joining PepsiCo in 2007, Beth worked for the U.S. EPA as Deputy to the Agricultural Counselor. In this capacity she provided policy advice to the Agricultural Counselor, the Administrator, and other EPA managers on a variety of agricultural issues cutting across functional responsibilities of the Agency, and brought diverse stakeholder voices to the agricultural rulemaking process.
Prior to working at EPA, Beth worked at the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, where she held national leadership responsibility for Atmospheric Resource Quality Management issues. Before that she was a District Conservationist in New York, where she worked with farmers to implement Farm Bill programs and put conservation practices on the ground.
Beth was on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation from 2011-2015, and chaired her town’s Sustainability Advisory Board from 2010-2013. Beth earned her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. She has a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University in Natural Resource Ecology and a B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College.