Charlotte Kirk Baer
Charlotte Kirk Baer is a National Program Leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. During her tenure with USDA, Charlotte was appointed and served for two years as Division Chief in the Office of the Under Secretary and Chief Scientist where she helped develop the framework and implementation of USDA’s science agenda. In her current role, she directs federal grant-making and science program planning. She manages several competitive grants programs of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative including the Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) program, the Exploratory Research program, and Agricultural Systems and Technology programs. She also leads the National Animal Nutrition Program and guides strategic planning processes and portfolio reviews. Prior to joining USDA, Charlotte spent 10 years with the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine as director of its Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources where she was responsible for managing broad programs in agriculture. Her work resulted in more than 50 consensus studies and reports of national and international significance in nutrition and food safety, food and fiber production, technology and engineering, natural resources, animal health and welfare, education and extension, workforce development, and international trade.