Lisa Pino has served the United States Department of Agriculture since her appointment in May, 2009 by President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as the SNAP program. After three years of service, Ms. Pino has joined USDA's Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights as Deputy Assistant Secretary. In this new role, she will continue her commitment to ensuring equality and fair treatment to all USDA program recipients and USDA employees.
During her prior work at the Department, Ms. Pino dedicated her service to strengthening USDA food and nutrition assistance programs for low-income children, individuals, and families, and to ending the nation's hunger and obesity challenges. In this spirit, her accomplishments include improving access and compliance with USDA programs, championing civil rights priorities, contributing to MyPlate education and awareness, representing the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative to ending childhood obesity on efforts including Let's Move! in Indian Country, participating in White House community discussions around the country, strengthening partnerships with national and community organizations, mentoring college students during USDA collaborations with colleges and universities, and serving on federal interagency initiatives dedicated to ending health disparities.
Prior to her work at USDA, Ms. Pino was the Director of Public Affairs for the HITN-TV network in New York, and Director of Public Affairs for IIA College in Arizona. An attorney, her background in community work includes a focus on serving low-income communities in areas such as law, housing, education, labor, employment, and immigration. She has additionally served the Florence Immigrant Rights and Refugee Project, Community Legal Services Farmworker Unit, Littler Global Migration Group, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, U.S. Attorney's Office of New York, and the U.S. Library of Congress.
A New York native, she received her B.A., M.A., and J.D. at Arizona State University, and she is a member of the Arizona Bar. In 2008, she completed Harvard University's Executive Public Leadership program as a National Hispana Leadership Institute Fellow, and The White House Project Program in New York. Ms. Pino is a recent award recipient for her commitment to public service, and continues her dedication to service at USDA.