Katie Patterson joined American Farmland Trust in 2018 as the California state policy manager. In her role, Katie leads the development of AFT California’s state policy agenda aimed at protecting farmland and enhancing programs that make a difference to farmers, ranchers, and the lands they steward.
Katie comes to AFT with over 15 years of experience working in the agriculture and conservation fields and has expertise in government and policy management. Before joining AFT, Katie served as a deputy county administrator in the County Administrator’s office in San Joaquin County, where she managed the county’s legislative and media programs, and served as a budget analyst for multiple county departments. Katie worked directly with the County Administrator and Board of Supervisors to provide analysis and strategy on key initiatives driven by state and federal policy.
Preceding her local government work, Katie worked in the San Joaquin Valley as a program director with the San Joaquin Farm Bureau overseeing the organization’s community and policy engagement in land, water, and air resource issues. Katie also brings experience from her work with USDA-NRCS where she was based in Washington, D.C., having served on the USDA team that implemented the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. During her tenure with USDA-NRCS, Katie wrote conservation guidelines in cooperation with industry stakeholders and revised agency conservation management practices. She also provided field level support for the agency and staffing assistance to the USDA Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.
Katie was raised in the Central Valley, and earned a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business from CSU, Fresno. In her travels, she completed additional conservation-focused coursework at University of Maryland, College Park.
Katie resides in the Northern San Joaquin Valley with family.