CARSON CITY, NV February 19, 2019
Today, Governor Steve Sisolak announced that he has approved the appointment of Jennifer Ott to be director of the Nevada Department of Agriculture. Ott’s first day as director will be March 4, 2019. Jerri Williams-Conrad had previously been serving as acting director of the department.
“I am proud to approve Jennifer Ott to lead our state’s Department of Agriculture, and I want to thank the Board of Agriculture for their work in identifying our next director,” Governor Sisolak said. “Jennifer brings many years of experience in the agriculture industry, in addition to an outstanding background in leadership and fiscal management. She will make a superb addition to my cabinet, and I look forward to working with her to promote Nevada’s agricultural industries.”
Jennifer Ott has worked as the administrator of the Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry Division since January 2018, where she oversaw all plant programs in the state. Previously, she served as operations director for the Desert Farming Initiative at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ott has also served in marketing roles for various chemical and agricultural businesses and began her career as a chemist in multiple laboratories. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Nevada, Reno.