Chad Forcey has served in public policy since 1998, and has focused on conservation and small business growth throughout his career. He previously ran his own environmental consulting firm, and spent five years as State Affairs Director for the Irrigation Association (IA). At the IA, he fought to advance water conservation and efficient technologies across the 50 states. Chad built public/private partnerships in California and Texas to reduce potable water use during drought emergencies, and increase the use of smart irrigation controllers, surface and subsurface high efficiency systems in the landscape and agricultural sectors. Chad also represented the Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association for six years, where he drafted and implemented legislation on right to farm, immigration reform, and green infrastructure. He achieved a $11.6 billion federal appropriation for landscape revitalization, and secured $33 million for urban air and water quality projects in Philadelphia.
Chad began his career in public service as an aide with the Virginia House of Delegates, as Personal Assistant to Pennsylvania Governor Mark Schweiker, and with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Chad is a member of the Penn State Agriculture Council, and provides industry and conservation advice to the U.S. Senate as a member of the Agriculture Advisory Team. He holds a Bachelors of Science in History from Liberty University, and has completed coursework towards a law degree from Penn State.