Terri Gerhardt is the Chief of the Division of Food Safety at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Her leadership helps assure that consumers are provided food, over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements and cosmetics that are safe, unadulterated and honestly presented.
Gerhardt began her career at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she worked for 13 years as a Dairy Economist. She started her career with the Ohio Department of Agriculture in 2000 as a Food Safety Supervisor. She was promoted to Food Safety Administrator, then Food Safety Assistant Chief, before being appointed Chief of the division in 2015.
Gerhardt is a Registered Sanitarian with the State of Ohio and a commissioned officer with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She serves on the board for the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference and for the North Central Association of Food and Drug Officials, and is a member of the National Association of Food and Drug Officials.
She earned her bachelor's degree in Dairy Science and her master's degree in Agricultural Economics, both from The Ohio State University.