Patricia S. Leavenworth

Patricia S. Leavenworth(Agency Liaison to the Science Council)
State Conservationist - Wisconsin
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)


Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
M.F.S., Natural Resources Management, 1979

Mount Holyoke College
B.A., Biological Sciences, 1974
Graduated Magna cum laude with a minor in English

Professional interests:

Natural resouce conservation, agriculture, conservation on private working lands


Pat Leavenworth has served as State Conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service in Wisconsin since October 1994. 

After receiving her masters from Yale, Pat worked in water quality analysis for the State of New Hampshire and as an Event Researcher for the Smithsonian Institution Center for Short-Lived Phenomena. Pat joined NRCS in 1979. She served in the field in several locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut and was Deputy State Conservationist in Connecticut before her move to Wisconsin. 

Pat has served on 12 National NRCS teams including the Chief's Advisory Committee, the Chief's Streamlining and Cost-Savings Initiative, and the National Strategic Planning Team. She served on details as acting Deputy Chief for Programs in 2002, acting State Conservationist for Oklahoma in 2006 and Acting Director of Financial Assistance Programs in 2008. Pat received USDA Honor Awards in 2002 and 2004.

Pat was Co-chair of the Waters of Wisconsin Initiative for the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters from 2000 to 2002. She also served on the Coordinating Committee for the Academy's Future of Farming and Rural Life Project from 2006 to 2007. Pat places a high priority on development of partnerships with organizations and individuals to achieve voluntary conservation on private working lands.

Pat and her family live in Mount Horeb, WI and manage a small farm in nearby Ridgeway.