Seeking USDA Candidate

President-elect Donald J. Trump is currently appointing individuals to high-level positions at various departments and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

During past Administrations, SNA has participated in this process by suggesting names for consideration for some of these positions. As the Trump Administration develops, SNA will again be putting forth names for consideration. An opportunity now exists for you to play a role in this very important process.

In October, the Public Policy & Legislation Committee (PPL), under the direction of the SNA Board of Directors, voted to create an Ad Hoc Committee to identify, select, and nominate individuals for consideration by President-elect Trump as appointees to USDA. The Ad Hoc Committee consists of: SNA President Becky Domokos-Bays, SNA President-elect Dr. Lynn Harvey, SNA PPL Chair Doug Davis, SNA Industry Representative Gary Vonck, SNA Past President Julia Bauscher (2014-15), SNA CEO Patricia Montague and SNA Staff Vice President of Government Affairs & Media Relations Cathy Schuchart. This Committee will be making nominations for four high-level positions within USDA. Those positions are Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, FNS Administrator and FNS Associate Administrator.

Starting the week of November 14, the Ad Hoc Committee will begin the selection process. The Committee is charged with four tasks:

  • Identifying candidates
  • Determining their interest (if interested, a form would be completed and then evaluated for merit)
  • Selecting candidates
  • Issuing either a letter of endorsement (SNA members) or a letter of support (non-members)

The Committee is soliciting suggestions for potential nominees. Interested candidates will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Administrative/Operations (financial management experience)
  • Leadership (proven coalition building skills)
  • Academic (preferred Masters; ideal Doctorate)
  • Public Policy (campaign involvement/political savvy)
  • Nutrition (experience with other nutrition programs beyond school setting)

If you know of someone who is interested in any of these positions, please encourage them to send their application and resume to SNA Staff Vice President of Government Affairs & Media Relations Cathy Schuchart at

Since this is a quickly moving process, all suggestions need to be received by Monday, December 5, 2016. The Ad Hoc Committee will then submit the names of the successful candidate(s) to the White House Transition Team for consideration.

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