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News release from Albany State

Albany, GA - Krysta Harden, assistant secretary for congressional relations at the United States Department of Agriculture, will visit Albany State University on Monday, and will announce two significant USDA grant awards.

After lunch on the ASU campus, Harden will meet with the staff of the ASU Office of Research and Sponsored Programs as well as ASU President Everette J. Freeman.

President Barack Obama nominated Harden for her current position in April of 2009 followed by confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

A native of Camilla, Harden has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Before being named assistant secretary with the USDA, she served from 2004 to 2009 as the chief executive officer of the National Association of Conservation Districts.

She served as the senior vice president of Gordley Associates, a consulting firm in Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 2004.

From 1981-92 Harden worked in various roles on Capitol Hill, including a role as professional staff member for the House Agriculture Committee and as chief of staff and press secretary for then-U.S. Rep. Charles Hatcher of Georgia.