About Us | Meet the Team | Kellye Eversole

Kellye grew up in Oklahoma in a farming and ranching family. This early agricultural foundation led her to pursue a career of service in support of the U.S. agricultural enterprise.

Kellye founded Eversole Associates in 1991 following years of professional training in political science and philosophy working and in the US Senate as a Legislative Assistant to US Senator David L. Boren. Her work with the Senator led to her service on the staff of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and then as Executive Director of a US Independent Study Commission for the Improvement of the Federal Crop Insurance Program. After founding Eversole Associates in the early 1990s, she joined a series of committees, panels, and consultancies in support of science and the agricultural sector. Beginning in late 1994, she led the highly successful campaign that established the US plant genome program while coordinating activities towards obtaining the reference sequence for the maize genome. In her capacity as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Animal Genome Research, the efforts to obtain reference sequences for the cow, pig, chicken, dog, and cat were achieved, as well as a draft sequence of the sheep genome. During that time, she managed the international bovine SNP project. She and her colleagues are currently leading the international effort to complete a high quality reference genome sequence of the bread wheat, the most widely grown crop in the world.

Kellye has received many honors and appointments throughout her career In 2013, recognizing her extensive efforts in agricultural science, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 1999, she received an Outstanding Performance Award by the National Corn Growers Association for her efforts to establish the US Plant Genome Initiative. From 1994-1998, she was appointed to serve as a member of the US Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade by the US Secretary of Agriculture and US Trade Representative.

Kellye has been published in several top tier journals including several articles in Science and one in Nature. She has published fifteen journal articles and four book chapters on genomic and biotechnology applications in the last six years. She has been a sought after speaker at over one hundred national and international conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposia and has helped organize and co-organize over eighteen workshops, conferences, and symposia.

Kellye began her studies in Pre-Med and Political Science at Oklahoma State University. In 1983 she graduated with her B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in political philosophy from The George Washington University. She completed 21 hours towards a master’s degree in political philosophy from Georgetown University. Kellye currently lives in the Washington DC area.

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