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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

State Administrative Officer:
Jane LaBounty

Civil Rights Chair:
Joy Sherrod


Name Affiliation Term Expiration
Joy Sherrod Committee Chairperson  
Jane LaBounty Civil Rights Committee Advisor
State Administrative Officer
Marcus Patrick Committee Vice-Chair

Black Emphasis Program Manager
Renee Leech Asian American/Pacific Islander Emphasis Manager  
Deryck Parker Veterans & Disability Emphasis Program Manager  
Joy Sherrod Federal Women's Program Manager  
Milton Cortés Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager  
Kara Cassels American Indian/Alaskan Native Program Manager  
Bob Abell Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Program Manager  
William Faulkner Area 1 Representative  
Emily Koone Area 2 Representative  
Kenneth Campbell Area 3 Representative  
Amanda Buchanan District Employees Representative  
Sandra Weitzel Division of Soil and Water Conservation Representative

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat

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

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