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New leadership team unveiled at USDA


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made significant staff appointments to fortify its leadership in agricultural policy and administration. These appointments aim to address key areas of agriculture, conservation, and nutrition, aligning with broader U.S. strategies to sustain and develop the agricultural sector.

Alysia K. Peters is now the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, having previously directed the Peace Corps’ Office of Gifts and Grants Management. Her diverse experience in government and policy makes her well-suited for her new role.

Dr. Alexandra Lawrence has been named Chief of Staff for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, coming from a robust background in global operations at the Peace Corps and conservation leadership roles at the Ocean Conservancy. 

Ethan Holmes steps into the role of Senior Policy Advisor for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, bringing insights from his time as an Agricultural Policy Advisor and his work with the United States Trade Representative. 

Sakeenah Shabazz will contribute her expertise in food and nutrition policies as the new Senior Policy Advisor for the Food and Nutrition Service, having been deeply involved in policy management and hunger solutions initiatives.

Additionally, Maya Cohn and Maya Johnson are appointed as Policy Advisors for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, each bringing unique perspectives from environmental policy and energy management to classroom education.

These strategic appointments underscore the USDA's commitment to enhancing agricultural practices and policies, ensuring a robust future for U.S. farming and food systems.

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