Shefali Mehta is executive director of the Soil Health Partnership. Growing up in New England, she had a fascination with plants from early in her childhood. Through her higher education and work with agriculture throughout the U.S. and the world, she followed her passion, launching a notable career as an agricultural and environmental economist.
Mehta received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics, and a Master’s degree in Statistics, from the University of Minnesota. She also holds an MPhil in Economics from Cambridge University, and a BA in Economics from New York University.
Mehta is currently the co-founder and CEO of an agricultural technology start-up, Ceres Wave, and also founded and leads Open Rivers Consulting Associates. She is a past Vice Chairwoman of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and serves on other boards, including those at the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center, the School of Statistics at the University of Minnesota, and Compatible Technology International.
In prior positions, she worked in roles across private, public and nonprofit sectors at organizations including McKinsey and Company, Syngenta, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, St. Olaf College, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the American Cancer Society.
Mehta resides in the Washington, D.C. region. She enjoys scuba diving, kayaking, and traveling. She is an avid music and sports fan – especially hockey!