Welcome from USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston
"In terms of geography,
culture, history, and economic condition, rural California is incredibly
diverse. The dozens of California counties which are predominantly rural
contain some of the most rapidly growing communities in the state, areas
gripped by long-term decline, and everything in between.
California's small towns
and rural areas face both challenges and dramatic new opportunities.
I am committed to working with rural communities and entrepreneurs
in our great state to meet those challenges head-on, and seize the
many opportunities that rural California enjoys today. I encourage
you to spend some time on this website learning more about the many
programs and services we provide, and I welcome you to contact me at
(530)792-5800, or one of our 18 local offices." -- Glenda
Biography for Dr. Glenda Humiston
Dr. Glenda Humiston was
appointed by President Obama on August 23, 2009 to serve as the
California State Director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA), Rural Development. Humiston brings over 25 years of
experience working on public policy development and program
implementation supporting rural development and sustainable
communities to the Agency.
Humiston previously served
as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, as Executive Director of a
nonprofit advocating farmland preservation and value-added
agriculture development, and has taken on many difficult challenges
throughout the western states as a consultant on environmental and
agricultural issues. In that capacity she developed a Rangeland
Water Quality Management plan for the state of California that has
become a model in many western states. More recently, she managed
the "Sustainable Development Institute" at the 2002 World Summit for
Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, and the 4th
World Water Forum in Mexico City, Mexico in 2006. Humiston served
from 1998-2001 as Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and
the Environment at USDA. While there she received national honor
awards from USDA and EPA as well as two "Hammer" Awards from Vice
President Gore for outstanding government programs.
Humiston completed her
Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in 2009; her dissertation was
titled: "Sustainable Agriculture as U.S. Farm Policy: Opportunities and Threats
to Reform." She received her Master's degree in International Agricultural
Development from the University of California at Davis and her Bachelor's degree
in Animal Science from Colorado State University. She has also completed
Professional Certification in Environmental and Land Use Planning and a two-year
fellowship with the California Agricultural Leadership program.
Download a copy of Humiston's biography here.