Phil Giltner joined the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets in 2008 and has been Deputy Commissioner since 2013. In this role, Mr. Giltner is responsible for overseeing the Department's Division of Agricultural Business Development and in his years with the Department has worked on various programs and initiatives ranging from the maple industry and wood products, to information technology and Governor Cuomo's Taste NY initiative.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Giltner served as Kirsten Gillibrand's regional representative upon her election as Congresswoman, working closely with the agricultural community in the 20th Congressional District.
An upstate New York native, he received his BA and MA from the State University of New York at Albany in history and international relations, and earned a doctorate in international history from the University of Toronto. He has published on various topics on European and international history, with a particular emphasis on statecraft in the twentieth century. Mr. Giltner has conducted research and continued his studies in the Northeast and abroad. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany, and a Rotary Exchange Student in Denmark. He has studied at Tufts University and the University of Copenhagen and is proficient in Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish and French. He also taught at the Albany Academies, Pace University, Mercy College and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
A graduate of Cornell's Empire State Agriculture and Food Leadership Institute (LEAD-NY class 13), Mr. Giltner now sits on its board of directors. He also sits on the board of directors of the Adirondack-North Country Association. He previously served as the Executive Director of the New York State Wood Products Development Council and led the agency's efforts for Governor Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Councils.