USDA names key staff appointments

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USDA names key staff appointments

The USDA has announced its senior staff members. 

Katharine Ferguson has been named Chief of Staff in the Office of the Secretary.  Ferguson has previously worked as the Chief of Staff for Rural Development at USDA in the Obama Administration. 

Robert Bonnie has been named Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Senior Advisor, Climate, in the Office of the Secretary.  Most recently Bonnie served as an executive in residence at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. 

Sara Bleich, PhD was named Senior Advisor, COVID-19 in the Office of the Secretary. 

Kumar Chandran was named Senior Advisor, Nutrition in the Office of the Secretary. 

Gregory Parham, DVM was named Interim Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, and Justo Robles was named White House Liaison in the Office of the Secretary.