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Maine Civil Rights Committee

NRCS employees are the greatest asset for enabling people to be good stewards of the Nation's soil, water, and related natural resources on non-Federal lands - in other words, in "Helping People Help the Land." 

NRCS-Maine supports the policy of USDA to provide equal opportunity for all persons without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

We are fully dedicated to ensuring that all persons associated with NRCS in Maine comply with every aspect of our nation’s Civil Rights laws and policies.  All employees are expected to model equal opportunity, civil rights, and cultural transformation, and managers and supervisors must demonstrate an elevated regard by supporting civil rights, equal employment opportunity, diversity, and cultural transformation.


Civil Rights and EEO

Equal opportunity applies to employment activities in both the Federal and private sectors.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 provides protection and enforcement under the law against discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for any employer to deny anyone a job because of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Title VII also prohibited discrimination in firing, promoting, training, salary, and all other privileges of employment.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 also established the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC was given the responsibility to investigate EEO complaints and to attempt to resolve those complaints through conciliation and mediation.

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that no person in the United States shall, on the "grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) is a right, not a privilege in employment, development, and advancement.

Special Emphasis Programs

Special emphasis activities and support are an integral part of the civil rights program at the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Within their respective programs, special emphasis program managers assist the State Conservationist, to ensure that equal opportunity is present in all aspects of NRCS programs and services. This
includes assisting the State Conservationist to provide leadership to identify under representation and ensure positive actions are being taken to address any such problem areas. Special emphasis program managers assist the State Conservationist to provide advice and assistance to management officials in order to help them meet civil rights program goals and objectives. They also assist the State Conservationist to ensure effective communications among all persons and areas dealing with, or affected by, agency civil rights responsibilities.

Civil Rights Advisory Committee

Name Position Phone Number Email
Matt Walker
Deputy Equal Opportunity Official/State Conservationist
Barbara Maurer
Carolina Luciano Ramos
Black Special Emphasis Program Manager
Justin Cooper
Disability Special Emphasis Program Manager
Jeremy Markuson
Committee Member
Jorge Ortiz Montalvo
Asian American/Pacific Islander Special Emphasis Program Manager
Megan Facciolo
Federal Women's Special Emphasis Program Manager
Nathaniel King
Veterans Special Emphasis Program Manager
Misha Vargas
Hispanic Special Emphasis Program Manager
Brittany Hummel
LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program Manager
Chuck Penney
American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager & Outreach Coordinator
Thomas Kielbasa
Committee Member & Public Affairs Specialist