Keisha Tatem


Keisha Tatem, State Conservationist in Arizona, began her career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) as a Soil Conservationist Student Trainee in 1995.

Taking a traditional path, she has been a Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, ASTC-Field Operations, Acting State Conservationist and National Program Specialist, which has taken her to Virginia, Florida, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Washington, D.C. before making the move to Arizona in 2011.

Keisha has been on detail assignments as the Northeast Regional Conservationist and Special Assistant to the Chief and currently serves on the Chief’s Advisory Committee, Workload Analysis State Conservationist Advisory Committee, and Chair of the West Tech Center Advisory Board.

Engaged in the community, Keisha is active in several social and civic organizations, including the East Valley NAACP (life member); Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., where she has held several positions, including chapter president, vice president, corresponding secretary, parliamentarian, and on an array of chapter and regional committees; and the Phoenix Chapter of 100 Black Women, where she is a charter member and parliamentarian.

Professionally, Keisha holds membership in the Soil and Water Conservation Society and Life Membership in the National Organization of Professional Women in NRCS. She is also a Life Member and past parliamentarian of the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees. Relevant to the position of parliamentarian, Keisha is formally trained, holding certifying membership in the National Association of Parliamentarians off and on over the past 25 years.

Keisha holds a Bachelor of Science in agriculture with a concentration in plant and soil science from Virginia State University and has completed the USDA Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

She is a proud native of Southampton County, Virginia, home of Nat Turner, and currently makes her home in Chandler, Arizona, with her husband, Roy.

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