Jul 12, 2023
New agricultural officers sworn into foreign service

Alexis M. Taylor, under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs for USDA, administered the oath of office to 11 employees of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service who will serve American agriculture internationally as members of the Foreign Service.

At U.S. embassies and diplomatic missions on five continents, diplomats begin their careers as agricultural attachés, where they will track and report on global agricultural production and commerce, find export opportunities, improve food security, and support U.S. foreign policy goals.

“I am extremely proud of this diverse group of diplomats who completed their rigorous training and will now serve on the frontlines of agricultural diplomacy,” Taylor said. “These talented officers will strengthen our Foreign Service as they begin their work protecting and advancing the interests of U.S. agriculture, which today is more crucial than ever as the world’s agricultural trade grows more competitive and dynamic.”

New officers

  • Craig Elliot from Petaluma, Calif., assigned to the OAA in Tokyo, Japan
  • Erica Summe from Florence, Ky., assigned to the ATO in Tokyo, Japan
  • Harrison Grafos from Spokane, Wash., assigned to the OAA in Dubai, UAE
  • Joanna Brown from Washington, D.C., assigned to the OAA in New Delhi, India
  • Jadon Marianetti from San Jose, Calif., assigned to the OAA in Beijing, China
  • James Yi from Philadelphia, Pa., assigned to the OAA in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Lita Echiverri from San Francisco, Calif., assigned to the FAS Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Mexico City, Mexico
  • Rishan Chaudry from Pullman, Wash., assigned to the OAA in Ankara, Turkey
  • Shoshana Griffith from Seattle, Wash., assigned to the OAA in Seoul, South Korea
  • Tacarra Birmingham from Chicago, Ill., assigned to the FAS Office of Agricultural Affairs (OAA) in Ottawa, Canada
  • Victoria Dokken from Deltona, Fla., assigned to the ATO in Beijing, China.

More information about FAS and its work to advance U.S. agricultural interests around the globe is available at fas.usda.gov. For more information, visit usda.gov.

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