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Acting Associate Chief Denise Coleman

Denise Coleman, NRCS Acting Associate Chief, has been with the Natural Resources Conservation Service since 1994. When not serving as the Acting Associate Chief, she is the NRCS State Conservationist in Pennsylvania. Her conservation career path began as an Earth Team Volunteer with the Soil Conservation Service and the Wyoming County Conservation District.  Following her graduation from Moravian College, Denise began working as a Regional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Assessment Technician for several conservation districts and later became an environmental education coordinator for the Wyoming County Conservation District.

In 1994, Denise began her formal NRCS career as a Soil Conservation Technician where she served five northeastern Pennsylvania counties.  While attending graduate school at George Washington University, where she obtained a degree in Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management, Denise’s career path took her to the NRCS National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where she served in a variety of positions, including Forestry Incentives Program Manager, Environmental Quality Incentives Program Analyst, and National Planning Specialist.

While at NRCS National Headquarters, Denise was detailed for 1.5 years to the American Soybean Association, where she wrote, “Soybean Management and the Land:  A Best Management Practices Handbook for Growers.”  Upon her return from the American Soybean Association, Denise served as the National Farm Bill Coordinator, National Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program, National Conservation Technical Assistance Program Manager, Budget Analyst, and Chief of Staff for the Regional Conservationists.