Phil Karsting is the President and CEO of WFP USA, a nonprofit
partner of the United Nations World Food Programme that supports
its mission in the U.S.
Prior to joining WFP USA, Karsting served as the Foreign
Agricultural Service (FAS) Administrator for U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA). At the Department of Agriculture, Karsting led
efforts to build support for global agricultural trade and promote
U.S. exports. The agency he led also partners extensively with nongovernment organizations to establish school feeding programs in
developing countries through the McGovern-Dole Food for
Before serving at the USDA, Karsting served in several key positions
on Capitol Hill, including Chief of Staff to Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI),
then Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on
Agriculture, Rural Development and Related Agencies and
Legislative Assistant to Senator Jim Exon (D-NE) on agriculture and
natural resource matters. Karsting also served as Senior Analyst for
the Senate Budget Committee where he handled issues relating to
agriculture, rural development, housing, telecommunications,
energy and the environment.
Phil received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is also a graduate of the French
Culinary Institute in New York.