USDA Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh stepping down

USDA Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh has announced she is stepping down from her role at USDA. 

In a statement on Thursday, Bronaugh says she wants to spend more time with her family.

She says serving US farmers and ranchers has been the greatest honor of her professional career helping make historic investments in equity, boosting food assistance, creating new trade markets and providing support for underserved producers after being confirmed by the Senate in May of 2021.

Bronaugh helped launch USDA’s first-ever Equity Commission, which she co-chaired. She also led trade missions to the United Kingdom, East Africa and other nations.

Bronaugh was the first Person of Color to serve in the role.  Prior to her service at USDA, she was Virginia’s agriculture director for 3 years.