Joshua Svaty, Senior Advisor
Joshua Svaty is the senior advisor for Agriculture and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Kansas Power Alliance. Svaty served on former Gov. Parkinson’s cabinet as Secretary of Agriculture. Svaty will work with the various layers of local government, industry partners and community and stakeholder organizations within Kansas. Svaty joins his wife, Kimberly Svaty, the long-time voice of the wind and solar industry across Kansas and in the Kansas State Capitol. Together, they will represent the Kansas Power Alliance members in policy forums, seeking to encourage and support the production, storage and transmission of electricity generated by wind and solar power as well as energy storage and next generation energy technologies.
“Wind, solar and energy storage has a positive transformational effect on rural economies. I have experienced it first-hand in my hometown where I continue to farm and where my family has been farming since 1864,” Joshua Svaty said. “I look forward to helping Kansas communities, in rural areas in particular, attract capital investment from this new energy economy and ensure it financially benefits the farmers and ranchers in our great state.”
“In addition to wind energy generation, Kansas has a tremendous opportunity to capitalize on the growing solar and energy storage sectors. We are perfectly positioned to utilize our resources of wind, sun and land to increase our position as a leader in the Nation’s energy transformation,” Joshua Svaty said.
Prior to joining the Kansas Power Alliance, Joshua Svaty’s work focused on promoting efforts of sustainability and wise use of Kansas’ natural resources. He spent seven years as an elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives, representing his home county of Ellsworth, as well as Saline, and Dickinson Counties. Svaty was named the 14th Kansas Secretary of Agriculture by Gov. Mark Parkinson in 2009, and then became a senior adviser to the regional administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, he served as vice president of The Land Institute in Salina, where he assisted in doubling the non-profit’s funding to expand their work of perennializing the major grain crops.