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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

U. S. Department of Agriculture

Monica Armster Rainge
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U. S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250, Mail Stop 0115

Theodore Gutman
Chief of Staff for Civil Rights
U. S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250, Mail Stop 0115
PHONE: (202) 720-3808
FAX: (202) 690-1782

Center for Civil Rights Enforcement

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U. S. Department of Agriculture

David King, Executive Director
Patriot’s Plaza III
355 E St., SW, 7TH Floor
Washington, DC 20250
E-MAIL: david.king@usda.gov
PHONE: (202) 720-5212
FAX: (202) 720-7442

Center for Civil Rights Operations

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U. S. Department of Agriculture

Denise Banks, Executive Director
Patriot’s Plaza III
355 E St., SW, 7TH Floor, Rm 7-250
Washington, DC 20250
E-MAIL: denise.banks@usda.gov
PHONE: 202-401-7654
FAX: (202) 690-5826

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights through the Center for Civil Rights Operations and the Mission Area Liaison Division retains the responsibility for providing oversight, guidance, and promoting Special Emphasis Programs (SEP) within the Department of Agriculture.

Lauren Wesson
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Senior Equal Opportunity Specialist
Mission Area Liaison Division
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Washington, DC 20250

E-MAIL: Lauren.Wesson@usda.gov
PHONE: 202-572-5905
Federal Women’s Programs
Hispanic Employment Programs

Michael Dukes
Management Analyst
Compliance Division
United States Department of Agriculture
Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Washington, DC 20250
E-MAIL: michael.dukes@usda.gov
PHONE: 202-260-8375
Disability Program Management

EEO Counselors

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Phone: (202) 720-0583
Fax: (202) 690-0476

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

Phone: (202) 720-6161
Fax: (202) 690-0109

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Phone: (301) 851-4180
1-800-342-7231
Fax: (301) 734-9396

Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)

Phone: (202) 690-5533
(202) 690-5610
Fax: (202) 690-5583

Departmental Administration

consists of the following offices:

Office of the Administrative Law Judges (OALJ)
Office of the Judicial Officer (OJO)
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
Office of Budget & Program Analysis (OBPA)
Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM)
Office of Ethics (OE)
Office of Operations (OO)
Office of Procurement & Property Management (OPPM)
Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Coordination (OHSEC)
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU)
Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE)

Phone: (202) 690-9302
Fax: (833) 275-0796

Email: CCD_Informal@usda.gov 

Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

Phone: (504) 426-6200
Fax: (303) 274 3871

Office of the Secretary

consists of the following offices:

Office of Congressional Relations (OCR)
Office of the General Counsel (OGC)
Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES)
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

Phone: (202) 690-9302
Fax: (833) 275-0796

Email: CCD_Informal@usda.gov 

Economic Research Service (ERS)

Phone: (202) 720-6161
Fax: (202) 690-0109

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virgin Islands

Phone: (706) 546-2303

Fax: (855) 409-5739

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

Connecticut, Delaware Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia

Phone: (315) 477-6310
Fax: (315) 477-6338

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

Phone: (720) 544-2900
Fax: (720) 544-2968

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

California, Hawaii, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Texas and Puerto Rico

Phone: (530) 792-5544
Fax: (530) 792-5559

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Wisconsin

Phone: (816) 926-3487
Fax: (816)823-2678

Farm Service Agency Servicing Area (FSA)

Washington, DC Area (Headquarters)

Phone: (202) 720-8826
Fax: (202) 401-7103

Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

Phone: (703) 305-2215
Fax: (703) 305-2832

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Phone: (301) 504-7755
Fax: (301) 504-2141

Farm Production and Conservation - Business Center (FPAC-BC)

FPAC-BC, Washington, DC

Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS)

Phone: (202) 720 -7233
Fax: (202) 720-2658

Forest Service - Informal Complaint Management Office (FS)- Atlanta, GA

Phone: (404) 347-1908
Fax: (404) 347-1931

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)

Phone: (202) 720-9528
Fax: (202) 690-0609

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

Phone: (202) 720-8257
Fax: (202) 690-0109

Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRSC)

Phone: (301) 504-2181
Fax: (301) 504-2175

Risk Management Agency – (RMA)

Phone: (202) 720-0247
Fax: (202) 690-2496

Rural Development – (RD)- (Rural Housing Service and Rural Utilities Service)

Phone: (202) 692-0090
Fax: (202) 692-0279

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Phone: (202) 720-6161
Fax: (202) 690-0109

 

USDA Mission Area Civil Rights Directors

Farm Production and Conservation

Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) is the Department’s focal point for the nation’s farmers and ranchers and other stewards of private agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands. FPAC agencies implement programs designed to mitigate the significant risks of farming through crop insurance services, conservation programs and technical assistance, and commodity, lending, and disaster programs.

Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC)

EMILY SU
Director, Civil Rights
355 E ST SW, Washington, DC 10th Floor
Mail Stop 0509
Washington, DC  20024
Phone:  (202) 401-1919
Email: emily.su@usda.gov

Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services works to harness the Nation's agricultural abundance to end hunger and improve health in the United States. Its agencies administer federal domestic nutrition assistance programs and the Center for Nutrition Policy and

Promotion, which links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers through science-based dietary guidance, nutrition policy coordination, and nutrition education.

Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)

ROBERT CONTRERAS
Director, Civil Rights
3101 Park Center Drive, Suite 1200
Alexandria, VA  22302
Phone: (703) 305-2195
Fax: (703) 305-2832
Email: roberto.contreras@fns.usda.gov

Food Safety

Food Safety ensures that the Nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and properly labeled, and packaged. This mission area also plays a key role in the President's Council on Food Safety and has been instrumental in coordinating a national food safety strategic plan among various partner agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

ANGELA KELLY
Director, Civil Rights Division
5601 Sunnyside Avenue, Rm 1-2260
Mail Stop 5261
Beltsville, Maryland 20707
Phone: (301) 504-7755
Fax: (301) 504-7746
Email: angela.kelly@fsis.usda.gov

Marketing and Regulatory Programs

Marketing and Regulatory Programs facilitates domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and ensures the health and care of animals and plants. MRP agencies are active participants in setting national and international standards.

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

CLIFTON GILCHRIST
Director, Civil Rights
Room 1095-S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-3980
Fax: (202) 690-0476
Email: Clifton.Gilchrist@usda.gov

KEVIN SMITH
Director, Civil Rights
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202)-690-3640
Fax: (202) 690-0476
Email: Kevin.Smith2@usda.gov

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

LAQUETTA JONES BIGELOW, Esq.
Acting Director, Office of Civil Rights, Diversity and Inclusion
4700 River Rd., Unit 92
Riverdale, MD
Phone:  MD: (301)-851-3752
DC: (202)799-7012
Email: Laquetta.D.JonesBigelow@usda.gov

SYLVIA MIDGETT
Program Specialist
Phone: MD: (301) 851-4082
       DC: (202) 799-7172
Email: Sylvia.Midgett@usda.gov

Natural Resources and Environment

Natural Resources and Environment ensures the health of the land through sustainable management. Its agency works to prevent damage to natural resources and the environment, restore the resource base, and promote good land management.

Forest Service (FS)

MICHAEL WATTS
Director, Office of Civil Rights
201 14th St., SW
Mail Stop 1142
Sidney R. Yates Bldg.
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 205-0194
Fax: (703) 605-5174
Email: michael.watts2@usda.gov

Research, Education and Economics

Research, Education and Economics is dedicated to the creation of a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system, as well as strong communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis, and education.

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

TRACEY TROUTMAN
Director, Outreach, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity
Room 3913-S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-6161
Fax: (202) 690-0109
Email: tracey.troutman@usda.gov

Economic Research Service (ERS)

MICHELE ESCH
Acting Director, Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C.
Phone 301-367-9891
Email: Michele.esch@usda.gov

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)

JUNE TURNER
Director, Civil Rights
Room 5025-S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-8257
Fax: (202) 720-9013
Email: june.turner@nass.usda.gov

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

DRENDA WILLIAMS
Director, Civil Rights
6501 Beacon Dr
Kansas City, MO 64113-4675
Phone: (254) 742-9808
drenda.williams@usda.gov

Rural Development

Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. Rural Development promotes economic development by providing loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, while also assisting communities to participate in community empowerment programs.

Rural Development

SHARESE PAYLOR
Director, Civil Rights
Room 1348-S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 692-0097
Fax: (202) 692-0279
Email: sharese.paylor@usda.gov

Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs

Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs' (TFAA) role is to provide our farmers and ranchers with opportunities to compete in the global marketplace. TFAA is the Department’s lead on trade policy with primary responsibility to ensure USDA speaks with a unified voice on international agriculture issues domestically and abroad. It oversees and facilitates foreign market access and promotes opportunities for U.S. agriculture through various trade programs and high-level government negotiations.

Foreign Agricultural Service

ADRIANO VASQUEZ
Director, Civil Rights
Room 4067-S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 720-8907
Fax: (202) 720-2658
Email: Adriano.Vasquez@fas.usda.gov

Office of the Chief Finance Officer/National Finance Center

LORNA YATES
Chief, Civil Rights and Conflict Management Office
OCFO/NFC/CRCMO
13800 Old Gentilly Rd
P O Box 60000
New Orleans, LA 70160-0001
Work telephone: 504-426-7217
Mobile Telephone: 504-250-1899
Email: Lorna.Yates@usda.gov

DARVIN BENNETT
EEO Team Leader
Civil Rights and Conflict Management Office
Office of Chief Financial Officer
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA 70129
Phone: (504) 426-7567
Email: Darvin.Bennett@usda.gov

Office of the Inspector General

To promote effectiveness and integrity in the delivery of USDA agricultural programs.

PEACE NGO
Director, Office of Diversity and Conflict Resolution
USDA, Office of Inspector General
1400 Independence Avenue, Suite 40-W
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: : (202) 430-7998
Email: Peace.Ngo@oig.usda.gov

Conflict Complaints Division-OASCR

The division is responsible for the overall direction, management, and processing of conflict of interest and highly sensitive Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints of discrimination filed against USDA.

CRYSTAL GIST
Acting Director
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave, Suite 4004 -S
Washington, DC 20250
Phone: (202) 690-2493
Email: Crystal.Gist@usda.gov