Acting Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist
Jill Shore Auburn is currently Acting Director of the Office of the Chief Scientist in addition to being a Senior Advisor. As a Senior Advisor, she works to advance sustainable agricultural systems in the Department's science programs. Prior to this role she spent ten years directing the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant program for the USDA agency that is now the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Before joining USDA in 1998, she was associate director of the University of California's statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, where she developed the information program including one of the first university web sites on sustainable agriculture. Her academic background is in agricultural systems analysis and ecology, with a Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis and M.A. and B.A. from Miami University.