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New Jersey Civil Rights Committee

Across USDA, civil rights ensures equal employment opportunities and program access for all employees and customers. 

It ensures that every employee, applicant and program participant is treated with dignity, equality and respect by enforcing Civil Rights (CR) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statutes, protected federal laws, policies, management directives and executive orders.

The Civil Rights Committee

The NRCS New Jersey Civil Rights Committee ensures compliance with agency policies for conservation and equal opportunity programs and accountability for the delivery of quality and timely services to our customers. 


Civil Rights Officers
Name Position Phone Number Email
Julie Hawkins
Deputy Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer
Maria Collazo
Civil Rights & Equal Employment Opportunity Liaison Officer
Advisory Committee
Name Position Phone Number Email
Jessica Henry
Tairi Colon
Vice Chairperson
Rebecca Watson
Trish Long
Member at Large
Special Emphasis Program Managers
Name Position Phone Number Email
Paul Coco
American Indian / Alaska Native Emphasis Program Manager -
Fred Schoenagel
Asian Pacific American Program Manager
Jina Vandi
Black Emphasis Program Manager
Rebecca Watson
Disability Emphasis Program Manager
Maria Iannuzelli
Federal Women's Program Manager
Freddie Patino Rodriquez
Hispanic Emphasis Program Manager
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Emphasis Program Manager
Kristen Lauritano
Veterans Emphasis Program Manager

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Historically Underserved Producers

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) includes provisions that address the unique circumstances and concerns of socially disadvantaged, beginning, limited resource, and veteran farmers and ranchers (“historically underserved producers”).