The Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs (EIA) builds trusted relationships with state, county and local elected and appointed officials, and external organizations (trade associations, philanthropic organizations, and faith-based organizations) throughout the nation to advance USDA and the Secretary’s priorities and to serve as the hub for elected and appointed officials and external organizations to communicate with the Secretary and USDA officials and access programs and services.
Please contact us at: EIA@usda.gov
Meet Our Staff
Director, Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs
Elizabeth C. Archuleta serves as the Director of the Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs. A nationally recognized leader of county government, Liz has spent her career advancing local government participation in national policy, championing the inclusion of diverse voices and creating opportunities for rural communities. Prior to her appointment to USDA, Liz Archuleta served twenty-four years as the first Latina elected to the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. As Chairwoman, she led policy in the areas of forest health, water, environmental protection and conservation, justice reform, health and human services, and rural economic development.
Liz Archuleta has deep roots in Arizona and New Mexico. She is a native and fourth generation resident of Flagstaff, Arizona. Liz is from a Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer family with a long history of working in the railroad and logging industries, being entrepreneurs and the first Hispanic business owners. Liz’s family history in New Mexico spans five centuries with deep cultural ties to ranching, agriculture and the land.
Liz Archuleta’s numerous accomplishments as a County Supervisor include the establishment of a regional transportation system, public safety improvements, increased citizen engagement, comprehensive land use planning, and several rural initiatives to promote economic development and increase county services.
Through her leadership in the National Association of Counties, Liz Archuleta was instrumental in shaping public lands policy and developed a national model for post-wildfire flood mitigation after dealing with unprecedented wildfires and flooding. Under her calm and resolve leadership, she guided Coconino County through COVID-19, standing up the first testing site in Arizona and leading Coconino County to be the first county to provide vaccines.
Deputy Director, Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs
Mia D. Mayberry serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs. Mayberry most recently served as the Director of Outreach for U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar. Prior to her time in the Senate, Mayberry served as the Deputy National Political Director for Senator Klobuchar’s presidential campaign, and the Iowa Deputy Political Director for Vice President Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign. Previously, Mayberry served as the Vice Chairwoman and County Supervisor on the Rock Island County Board of Supervisors, and additionally worked as an attorney, practicing in the employment law field. Mayberry holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Valparaiso University School of Law. She is a proud native of Rock Island, Illinois.
Special Assistant, Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs
Jon R. Hurst serves as the Special Assistant of the Office of External & Intergovernmental Affairs. Hurst previously served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Secretary and as a Regional Organizing Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign. Additionally, he was a Field Organizer for Joe Biden for President and an associate producer at the Foreign Policy Association. Hurst is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Senior Advisor, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Samantha H. Joseph serves as the Senior Advisor of the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Samantha spent the first 10 years of her career in Corporate Social Responsibility leading community, diversity and environmental programs. Most recently, she lead the outreach and engagement efforts for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Vaccine Equity Initiative. In partnership with faith-based and community organizations, Samantha helped administer over two million COVID-19 vaccines. A dedicated community leader, Samantha is chair of the board of directors of Samaritans, the largest suicide prevention agency in MA and vice-chair of the board of directors of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. She is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Learn more about the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.