Biography for Terry Brunner
USDA Rural Development State Director

Photo of Terry BrunnerOn September 3, 2009 Terry Brunner was appointed to the position of State Director for USDA Rural Development by President Barack Obama.

In this position Mr. Brunner oversees six field offices and the state office located in Albuquerque, NM. Rural Development administers and manages more than 87 housing, business, and community infrastructure and community facility programs designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities. Mr. Brunner oversees a grant, loan and loan guarantee portfolio of more than $800 million in New Mexico.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Brunner served as U.S Senator Jeff Bingaman's State Director for seven yearsverseeing the Senator state and political affairs. From 2001-2002, he served as the Senator's outreach staff in Northern New Mexico on the issues of economic development public health, energy and public lands. He also served as Campaign Manager for the Senator's successful reelection campaign in 2006 and as the Senior Advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Barack Obama in New Mexico.

From 1999-2001, Mr. Brunner served as a Policy Analyst for the Santa Fe County Commission. During his time with the Commission, he helped create the County's citizen-led Health Policy Commission and implemented the County's Open Space program -- the first of its kind in New Mexico. Mr. Brunner led the County's economic development activities and was the assistant to Santa Fe County Commissioner and National Association of Counties Vice President, Javier Gonzales.

Mr. Brunner earned his B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Arizona and his M.A. in Latin American Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. In 2006, Mr. Brunner was recognized as one of New Mexico 40 under 40 Power Brokers by the New Mexico Business Weekly. He is a former member of the Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Library Board and an Eagle Scout. Terry is married to Leigh Brunner, an Albuquerque attorney, and they have two daughters.