Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Acting Deputy Under Secretary for REE and Acting Chief Scientist


Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young: Leadership at the USDA in Producing Safe, Nutritious Food to Feed Everyone

Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young is the Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE) and Acting Chief Scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  Prior to her current role, Dr. Jacobs-Young held several scientific leadership positions to help transform USDA’s scientific coordination and create a lasting impact on the conduct, quality, integrity and access to science for decision makers. She has also worked to elevate the visibility of the importance of agricultural research globally. Dr. Jacobs-Young has served as Director of the USDA Office of the Chief, Acting Director for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Dr. Jacobs-Young is a native of Georgia. She holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Wood and Paper Science and a B.S. degree in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology from North Carolina State University. She is also a graduate of American University’s Executive Leadership in Public Policy Implementation Program. Dr. Jacobs-Young is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a 2016 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award.

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