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Civil Rights

Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights

4407 Bland Rd., Suite 117
Raleigh, NC 27609

Policy: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

North Carolina Contacts

State Conservationist/Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity Officer:
Timothy A. Beard

Assistant State Conservationist for Management and Strategy:
Jerry Raynor

Civil Rights Chair:
Renee Leech


Name Affiliation
Renee Leech Committee Chairperson
Alaina Bloodworth Civil Rights Committee Advisor
J'Que Jones Black Emphasis Program Manager
Renee Leech Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Manager /
Deryck Parker Veterans & Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Donna Register Federal Women's Program Manager
Diana Irizarry Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Steven Smith American Indian/Alaskan Native Program Manager
Bob Abell Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Program Manager
William Faulkner Area 1 Representative
Brian Loadholt Area 2 Representative
Kenneth Campbell Area 3 Representative
Dennis Testerman District Employees Representative
Sandra Weitzel Division of Soil and Water Conservation Representative
Tracy Briscoe ENTSC Representative Vice Chairperson

Publications - The following documents require Adobe Acrobat

2010 NC Civil Rights Business Plan (PDF, 203KB) (Last Modified 04/20/2010)

LGBT - Recruitment Publication (PDF, 1.4MB)


National NRCS Civil Rights Division
5601 Sunnyside Ave., Room 1-2182C
Beltsville, Maryland
FAX: 301-504-2175