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Office of the Chief Directory

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Office of the Chief Directory

Office of the Chief
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Terry Cosby Chief 202-720-7246
Jon Bourdon Chief of Staff (Acting) 304-284-7542
Kenneth Walker Assistant Chief 202-913-1775
Tom O'Halleran Senior Advisor
Michele J. Altemus Senior Advisor for External Communications 202-720-7246
Margaret (Meg) Campbell Senior Advisor 202-961-0873
Lisa Bertelson Senior Advisor 253-778-2409
Hannah Peyton Confidential Assistant 202-805-3909
Sanaz Arjomand Natural Resources Communications Specialist 202-441-2356
Tyrone Cole Executive Assistant 202-720-7246
Louis Aspey Associate Chief 202-720-4531
Leslie Deavers Chief of Staff to the Associate Chief 202-690-4616
Gayle Barry Senior Advisor Inflation Reduction Act Coordinator 530-792-5661
Noller Herbert (Acting) Gulf Coast Ecosystem Resoration Director 202-720-5125
Jennifer Zwicke Mission Delivery Optimization Team Leader 970-295-5519
Christine Hall National Innovation Leader 732-569-5383
Jewel McKenzie Senior Advisor Wellness and Employee Engagement 202-205-6130
Robert McAfee Urban Agriculture Coordinator 443-205-9763
Deborah Miles Executive Assistant 202-720-4531
Office of the Regional Conservationists
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Kasey L. Taylor Regional Conservationist, Northeast (Acting) 202-690-2196
James Tillman, Sr. Regional Conservationist, Southeast 202-690-2197
Curtis Elke Regional Conservationist, Central (Acting) 202-690-2197
Astor Boozer Regional Conservationist, West 202-690-2196
Rebekah Lauster Chief of Staff 202-420-9104
Brenda Blango Executive Assistant, Northeast and West Regions 202-690-2196
Sheila McLeod Executive Assistant, Southeast and Central Regions 202-690-2197
Office of Urban Agriculture & Innovative Production
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Brian Guse Director, Urban Agriculture & Innovation Production 202-720-4531
Leslie Glover Program Manager 602-309-9536
Nina Bhattacharyya Urban Agriculture Specialist 352-672-3056
Markus Holliday Management and Program Analyst (UAIFAC) 301-974-1287
Sharonte Williams Management and Program Analyst (Grants and Agreements) 202-981-1653
Sean Potts Management and Program Analyst (CFWR) 202-957-8998
Jose Jimenez Management and Program Analyst (UAIP) 202-437-9228
Office of Equity
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Vivian Dickson Director 202-720-5477
Samora Bennerman Senior Equity Program Manager 301-504-2314
Michael Carlo Altman Equity Data Analyst, Natural Resource Specialist 804-659-7643
Patrick Vincent Equity Program Manager 804-664-0816
Amy Overstreet Equity Communications Specialist
Nizhoni LaFrance-Pettigrew Equity Program Manager
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Dana Ashford-Kornburger National Climate Coordinator 202-205-9434
Sara del Fierro Management and Program Analyst, Climate Change
Laura Schreeg Senior Special Projects Coordinator Project Lead for IRA GHG Quantification 202-525-0298
Programs Deputy Area
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Karen Woodrich Deputy Chief for Programs 785.452.3411
Julie Hawkins (Acting) Associate Deputy Chief for Programs 732-537-6041
Richelle Perazich Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief for Programs 202-720-1201
Jeff White Branch Chief, Outreach and Oversight 202-617-5906
Jerry Raynor Director, Financial Assistance Program Division (FAPD) 317-430-9521
Astrid Martinez Director, Conservation Planning and Technical Assistance Division (CPTAD) 202-708-0083
Carrie Lindig Director, Easements Program Division (EPD) 202-720-1882
Russell Ames Branch Chief, FAPD Projects 202-720-0945
Mike Whitt Branch Chief, FAPD Policy 202-690-2267
Ronnie Maurer Branch Chief, FAPD Programs 202-720-9733
Kelly Ireland Branch Chief, EPD Policy 202-308-0773
Danielle Balduff Branch Chief, Implementation & Stewardship 202-720-6168
Jeremy Stone Branch Chief, Easement Acquisitions Branch 202-308-1153
Ralph Smith (Acting) Branch Chief, Watershed Programs 202-260-8036
Aaron Lauster Branch Chief, Conservation Planning 202-260-9230
Martin Lowenfish Branch Chief, Areawide Planning 202-690-4979
Soil Science and Resource Assessment Deputy Area
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Matt Walker Deputy Chief for Soil Science and Resource Assessment (SSRA) (Acting) 207-385-6620
Cory Owens Associate Deputy Chief (Acting) 971-712-6323
Emmabelle Kenyon Chief of Staff 202-692-0099
Terri Gill Executive Assistant 301.504.2302
David Lindbo Director, Soil and Plant Science Division (SPSD) 202-720-7848
David Hoover Director, SPSD National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) 402-437-4013
David Kingsbury SPSD Associate Director, Soil Services and Information 304.284.7589
Roy Vick SPSD Associate Director, Operations 202-302-8610
Edgar Mersiovsky SPSD Associate Director, Programs 501-301-3163
Weihuan (Mark) Xu Director, Resource Inventory & Assessment Division 301-504-0303
Daniel Mullarkey Branch Chief, Resource Assessment Branch 202-631-1943
Weihuan (Mark) Xu (Acting) Branch Chief, Resource Inventory Branch 301-504-0303
Heather Hofman Director,National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) 971-325-5171
Michael Robotham Senior Scientist 202.720.5547
Michael Strobel Senior Natural Resource Specialist, Climate Change 971-255-9801
Science and Technology Deputy Area
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Noller Herbert Deputy Chief for Science and Technology (S&T) 202-720-5125
Vacant Associate Deputy Chief for S&T
Ramon Ortiz Chief of Staff 202-934-3366
Tyrone Cole Executive Assistant 202-720-4527
Terron Hillsman Director, Ecological Science Division 410-382-4150
Kevin Farmer Director, Conservation Engineering Division 402-499-3726
Amanda Branham Director, Soil Health Division 202-821-5823
Kristina Jerome Director, East National Technology Support Center 336-370-3352
Ray Dotson Director, Central National Technology Support Center 682-206-7822
Amanda Moore Director, West National Technology Support Center 503-273-2413
Jon Fripp Co-Director, National Design, Construction & Soil Mechanics Center 817-509-3771
Tim Wilson Director, National Water Management Center 501-210-8902
Ron Howard Senior Advisor, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Team 601-812-9449
Management and Strategy Deputy Area
Title Position/Title Phone Email
Angela Biggs Deputy Chief for Management and Strategy 608-509-2868
Becky Ross Associate Deputy Chief (Acting) 603-868-7581
Odessa Armstrong Chief of Staff (Acting) 919-208-8069
Josiel Uc Executive Assistant
Allison Johnson Director, International Programs Division 202-302-7255
Ronald Harris Director, Outreach and Partnership Division 202-720-6646 202-690-2257
Keisha Tatem Director, Policy and Program Analysis Division (Acting) 602-280-8808
Tom Morgart Director, Strategic Support Services Division (Acting) 860-871-4014
Vacant Senior Advisor, Budget and Financial Management
Geno Bulzomi Administrative Enterprise Business Initiatives (AEBI) 970-295-5475
Edwin Almodovar Senior Advisor, Workload Analysis Team Leader 202-867-8372 202-690-2257
Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Robert Bonnie meets with Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism Norbert Totschnig  for bi-lateral talks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 15, 2022. USDA photo by Tom Witham.

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