Dan Christenson joined PepsiCo in April of 2016 and is the Senior Director for Government Affairs based in Washington, DC. In this role, Dan leads PepsiCo’s policy engagement with the Federal government. Previously, Dan served at the US Department of Agriculture from 2011 to 2016, where he was Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy to Secretary Tom Vilsack from 2014 to 2016. Before joining USDA, Dan served for several years as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee (2005-2011); first under Chairman Tom Harkin (2005-2009), and later to Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (2009-2011). Dan is a magna cum laude graduate of Luther College, and received his M.A. from Iowa State University. He resides in Kensington, Maryland with his wife Betsy and their two daughters, Hannah and Alice.