WASHINGTON, January 26, 2023 – “Right this moment Deputy Secretary Dr. Jewel Bronaugh introduced that she is leaving the Division of Agriculture within the weeks forward to spend extra time together with her household. Her service, presence and management will probably be sorely missed. She has been an unimaginable companion during the last two years, and he or she has been instrumental in serving to the division seize alternative and deal with a number of challenges. We’re all deeply grateful for her service.
“Deputy Secretary Bronaugh has achieved quite a bit throughout her tenure at USDA and far of her work will probably be felt properly into the long run. She has been instrumental in advancing fairness and alternative, strengthening the worldwide commerce relationships that profit our home producers, enhancing meals help packages to assist these in want, and rising engagement in innovation and analysis key to increasing sustainable agriculture practices. With ardour, vitality, and a gradual hand, she’s served as co-chair of USDA’s first-ever Fairness Fee, an impartial physique that may present suggestions for the way USDA and Congress can take motion to take away systemic inequities and scale back boundaries that hamper entry to USDA packages and insurance policies; the aim is equitable entry and alternative for all farmers, ranchers, forest landowners—and all Individuals. She was additionally instrumental in establishing a Chief Range and Inclusion Workplace (CDIO) throughout the Workplace of the Secretary (OSEC) to institutionalize and maintain USDA’s governance and administration of range, fairness, inclusion and accessibility, whereas contributing to attracting and retaining a workforce that’s proud to symbolize USDA. The Deputy has been a champion and companion in some ways; additionally notable is tirelessly working to strengthen USDA’s operations, help our staff and proceed to make USDA an excellent place to work.
“Via her work and management, Dr. Bronaugh has set a robust instance for the following era of agriculture management. She’s damaged glass ceilings as the primary African American and particular person of colour to ever serve in her function at USDA and made historical past whereas inspiring many more- particularly younger people- to serve sooner or later, inside USDA and all through the meals and agricultural sector. The Division, all those that we serve, and I personally have significantly benefited from her service, data and dedication to USDA’s mission, and really a lot respect her choice to place household first.”
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