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Media Communications Coordination

The Media Communications Coordination Team coordinates public and media communications for the Office of the Secretary, USDA general offices and mission areas, and develops policies and plans for effective execution of overall basic and operating policy for development and dissemination of public affairs information.

  • Coordinates response to inquiries from major national news outlets;
  • Coordinates development, production, and dissemination of Department-wide communications;
  • Develops national and significant Departmental news releases, statements for the media, letters-to-the editor, opinion-editorials and other information materials released through a variety of media;
  • Counsels and advises senior decision makers and agency information directors and their staff in serving the Department's many audiences;
  • Formulates policy and regulations for OC media coordination; and
  • Coordinates and reviews printed publications or reports prior to public release.

The team includes six communications coordinators serving as senior communications advisors to USDA's seven mission areas, working directly with Under Secretaries and top staff, as well as servicing the Secretary's Office and Departmental staff offices for media relations and press and public communications and strategic services.

For general queries about the Secretary’s priorities and schedule:

USDA Press: 202-720-4623
Email: press@usda.gov


Communications Coordination Team

Coordinator Portfolio
Amanda D. Heitkamp
202-720-4623
Rm 406-A, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
amanda.heitkamp@usda.gov
  • Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
  • Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
  • Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)
Damon Thompson
202-720-4623
Rm 319-A, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
damon.thompson@usda.gov
  • Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
  • Economic Research Service (ERS)
  • National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)

Dirk Fillpot
202-720-3088
Rm 405-A, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
dirk.fillpot@usda.gov

  • Departmental Administration
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • Federal Emergency Operations
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Risk Management Agency (RMA)
Jacqueline Susmann
202-720-4623
Rm 206-W, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
jacqueline.susmann@usda.gov
  • Rural Development (RD)
Michael Illenberg
202-720-4623
Rm 408-A, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
mike.illenberg@usda.gov
  • Bio Preferred Program
  • Climate Hubs
  • Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
  • Forest Service (USFS)
Sally Gifford
202-720-4623
Rm 407-A, Whitten Building
Washington, DC 20250-1301
sally.gifford@usda.gov
  • Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
  • Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
  • Foreign Agricultural Service
  • Office of the Chief Economist
  • Office of Tribal Relations
  • Vets in Ag
  • Women in Agriculture