Dr. Gregory Parham is the interim deputy assistant secretary for administration. Parham served in the same role from 2013-to-2016. The new chief of staff for the Office of the Secretary is Katharine Ferguson. Ferguson had served in the Obama Administration as the chief of staff for the White House Domestic Policy Council. Robert Bonnie has been named the undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment and senior advisor to Secretary Vilsack during the Obama years. Bonnie has now been named the deputy chief of staff for policy and the senior climate advisor in the Office of the Secretary. Matt Herrick is the new communications director for USDA. Most recently, Herrick had a similar role for the International Dairy Foods Association. During the Obama Administration, Herrick was a spokesperson for USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
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