Full Name
Darci Vetter
Job Title
Vice Chair, Agriculture, Food and Trade & General Manager, Public Affairs
Speaker Bio
Ambassador Darci Vetter, former Chief Agricultural Negotiator at the US Trade Representative (USTR) and Deputy Under Secretary at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), advises clients throughout the Agriculture, Food and Beverage Sectors, and clients from all sectors facing global trade and supply chain issues.

Darci works closely with Edelman’s clients to develop business and communication strategies to meet changing consumer expectations while complying with a rapidly-changing policy landscape. Her recent work includes helping clients navigate current trade tension, focus on transparency and traceability in supply chains, and implement sustainability and animal welfare initiatives.

Darci joined Edelman in 2018, and brings deep international trade, agriculture and food policy experience to the team, following a 17-year career in the federal government. After leaving public service in early 2017, Darci was the Diplomat in Residence at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, where she helped launch the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance.

While serving as President Obama’s Chief Agricultural Negotiator, she led the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agricultural package, as well as bilateral deals with Japan, China, Brazil and other countries.

At USDA, Darci oversaw the Foreign Agricultural Service including trade policy and trade promotion programs, as well as trade capacity building in developing countries and the implementation of USDA’s international hunger and feeding programs. She was also responsible for USDA’s civilian agricultural assistance programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Darci served as an International Trade Advisor on the Senate Finance Committee.

Darci is a member of the board of directors of the Neogen Corporation, the Farm Foundation, and the Washington International Trade Association, and is a Member of the CME Group Agricultural Markets Advisory Council. She grew up in Nebraska on her family’s farm and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.
Darci Vetter