Patrick Atagi

DA Farms

President and CEO


Northstar Policy Group

Managing Partner


USDA Deputy Director

Intergovernmental Affairs


Mr. Atagi has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership and senior policy positions at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Senate, and private sector.  This includes experience working directly with the federal government, state agencies and legislatures, and major private corporations.  Atagi has first-hand experience working in the United State Senate as a legislative assistant to then United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR), Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. 

Atagi served in the United States Department of Agriculture for six years.  He was the Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary and Confidential Assistant to the Undersecretary of Marketing and Regulatory Programs (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Grain Inspection and Packyards Administration, and Agricultural Marketing Service).  He also chaired the White House Native American Working Group, “Task Force on Natural Resources and the Environment” and served as a USDA representative to the White House.  He finished his service as the Director of Native American Programs also in the Office of the Secretary.

Atagi has extensive experience with state and local organizations and governments including prior experience as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture and Director of Government Affairs and Trade Policy at the United Fresh Produce Association.  Mr. Atagi was most recently Senior Director at the American Chemistry Council where he served internationally as the Co-Chair of the Global Advocacy Team of the World Chlorine Council and lead on federal and state advocacy for the Chlorine Chemistry Division.  Mr. Atagi received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and Masters of Business degree from the University of Maryland UC and serves as President and CEO of his family farming operation.  Mr. Atagi, his wife, and two children reside in Alexandria, Virginia.