Company: International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research & Eversole Associates
Job title: Executive Director
Kellye Eversole is President of Eversole Associates, a science and technology consulting firm, located in Bethesda, Maryland. She received a B.A. with distinction and special honors in Political Science from The George Washington University in 1983 and pursued Masters Studies in political philosophy at Georgetown University. After working in the US Senate on agricultural, environmental, trade, and budget issues for 10 years and serving 2 years as the head of a Federal study commission, she established Eversole Associates.
Since its inception in 1991, Eversole Associates has specialized in U.S. and international science and technology and agricultural, environmental, and economic development issues and projects. Ms. Eversole assists companies and industries in establishing long-term strategic visions and designs and implements methods for accomplishing the visions. She has extensive experience in agricultural genomics and biotechnology. Eversole has led several U.S. and international animal, plant, and microbial genome sequencing projects.
Most recently, Eversole helped to develop the sequencing strategy for the swine genome sequencing project and, currently, is leading the development of a strategy to sequence extremely large, complex, polyploidy species, such as the bread wheat genome. Eversole, a long-time advocate for agricultural biotechnology as a mechanism for enabling agricultural prosperity, serves as the Executive Director of the Specialty Crop Regulatory Assistance initiative. Eversole has been involved actively in various aspects of the agricultural industry that began as a child growing up on a wheat, cotton, and cattle farm in southwestern Oklahoma.
She is also President of the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research (Phytobiomes Alliance), an international industry-academic collaborative initiative focused on building a phytobiome-based foundation for accelerating the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber.