Karla Thieman

SVP of Public Policy and Government Affairs, JBS Foods USA


Karla Thieman joined the company from Finsbury Glover Hering, a leading global strategic communications advisory firm.  

She served as chief of staff and senior policy advisor to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. She also served as chief of staff to USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. Prior to her service at USDA, Thieman served as senior professional staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Thieman also held leadership positions on multiple Democratic senatorial campaigns. 

Thieman grew up on her family’s third-generation farm in Central Missouri, where they raised cattle, corn and soybeans. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri.