Katie Sierks

Katie Sierks
MBA, 2020
Master of Environmental Management, 2020

Katie is a second-year joint-degree candidate at the Yale School of Management. She is studying how to efficiently transform agricultural supply chains to more sustainably produce and distribute food globally. Before graduate school, Katie spent four years with Cargill. She worked as an Environmental Engineer and as an Energy and Natural Resource Analyst. Most recently, as a Sustainability and Marketing Associate, Katie strove to exceed Cargill's customer sustainability expectations to secure and grow new business. Last summer, she interned as a Supply Chain Product Manager with the Walmart e-commerce team. Katie graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and walking around Minneapolis lakes with her dog. Katie is a second-year joint-degree candidate at the Yale School of Management. She is studying how to efficiently transform agricultural supply chains to more sustainably produce and distribute food globally.

Before graduate school, Katie spent four years with Cargill. She worked as an Environmental Engineer and as an Energy and Natural Resource Analyst. Most recently, as a Sustainability and Marketing Associate, Katie strove to exceed Cargill's customer sustainability expectations to secure and grow new business.


Last summer, she interned as a Supply Chain Product Manager with the Walmart e-commerce team.

Katie graduated with honors from Harvard College with a degree in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Earth and Planetary Sciences. She enjoys hiking, cross country skiing, and walking around Minneapolis lakes with her dog.

Authored Articles
Markets for a range of grains can grow widely and quickly

Businesses big and small can drive growth for regenerative growth across a range of crops. 

Show Me the Money: Making a Downstream Market for Diverse Regenerative Crops

In the words of the great agricultural philosopher Liza Minnelli, “Money makes the world go round.” Most stakeholders RAI interviewed across agricultural supply chains, especially farmers, want to grow crops and raise livestock in a sustainable way. Yet this desire to minimize environmental harm is not feasible if it creates...
Cover Crops for All Day with RAI

Farmers' informal networks can drive progress for finance, food and the farming business. The RAI visited pioneers in Iowa in 2018. 

Farmers on the Frontlines of the Regenerative Agriculture Transition

Achieving the transition from conventional to regenerative agriculture will require a major shift in the strategy and behavior of many of America’s two million farmers. For a farmer, farming for healthy soils, ecosystems, communities and climate conflicts at many points with conventional agriculture practice. Wider success comes only from the...
Regenerative ag's open for business- and investment

This "beyond organic" farm in New York's Hudson Valley earned capital from a REIT that saw its growth potential. 

So, You're Thinking of Investing in Regenerative Food Systems...

The traditional landscape of farmland ownership and financing in the United States thwarts the adoption of regenerative agriculture. First, farmland is expensive. Farm real estate prices have doubled in the last decade. But models have emerged to power regenerative practices forward. These include concessionary capital, financing from real estate investment...
Is this the way to crop reform?

(Photo courtesy of Pexels.com) Farmers can deliver steeper returns to themselves, their ecosystem, and their economy when their insurance system makes more sense. 

The Case for Crop Insurance Reform

Across the political spectrum, most Americans have favorable opinions of farmers and are happy with the idea that the federal government provides financial assistance to help pay for crop insurance. If they knew crop insurance's full cost, that might change. This system, while well-intentioned, leaves out the majority of farmers...