Gov.-elect Jared Polis has tapped Durango resident Kate Greenberg, who serves as the Western Program director for National Young Farmers Coalition, to head the state’s Department of Agriculture.
The announcement was made Friday as part of Polis’ first round of Cabinet members to be appointed.
“A former full-time farm worker, Kate brings substantial experience in agriculture and a strong vision for the future,” according to a news release.
As part of her work for the National Young Farmers Coalition since 2013, Greenberg organizes young farmers, advocates for supportive policy and promotes land, water and climate stewardship.
Greenberg was not made available for comment.
The Denver Post reported that Greenberg is one of two Cabinet members announced so far who is from outside the Denver metro area. Stan Hilkey, who was picked to run the public safety department, is from Grand Junction.
Greenberg replaces current commissioner Don Brown.
This story has been updated. Kate Greenberg is one of two Cabinet members from outside the Denver metro area.