As the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin is responsible for leading and planning the USBG's day-to-day operations and major programs. Dr. Chapotin is a plant scientist with a passion to educate people about the importance of plants and agriculture.
Prior to joining the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Dr. Chapotin worked at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served since 2006. Most recently, she was the Deputy Assistant to the Administrator at USAID's Bureau for Food Security.
Before her work with USAID, Dr. Chapotin completed fellowships at Iowa State University and the National Academies working on issues of biosafety policy, scientific communication, and national security. Earlier in her career, she conducted forest ecology and canopy biology research throughout the United States, Madagascar and Costa Rica.
Dr. Chapotin holds a bachelor of science in biology from Stanford University and a doctorate in plant physiology from Harvard University.