Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Named

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Named

Vilsack selects McNeil for post.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of Mary McNeil as USDA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. McNeil will have responsibility for the leadership, coordination, and direction for USDA's civil rights programs, including matters related to program delivery, compliance and equal employment opportunity.


"As we embark on a new era in civil rights at USDA, Mary McNeil brings vast experience to USDA in both civil rights and American Indian programs at the Department," said Vilsack. "Her leadership will enhance President Obama's and my goal of USDA being a model employer and premier service provider to all."


McNeil served as the transition advisor to the National Congress of American Indians and on the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition and has also worked for the Potlatch Fund as Director of Grants and Programs in the state of Washington and provided consulting services to tribal and other organizations.

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