Chris Hartley

Acting Administrator


Dr. Hartley currently serves as Acting Administrator of the Economic Research Service.  He is also the Senior Environmental Markets Analyst in the Office of the Chief Economist. Dr. Hartley previously worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC and in California. He has 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. Dr. Hartley served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa from 1993 to 1996.


Dr. Hartley earned a Doctorate in Agricultural Ecology and masters’ degrees in Agronomy and International Agricultural Development from the University of California – Davis.