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New administrator joins USDA's agricultural marketing service

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's agricultural marketing service appointed Anne L. Alonzo as the new administrator for the agency.

In her new position, Ms. Alonzo will be responsible for the oversight of AMS policies and programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops.

Ms. Alonzo brings a unique perspective and diverse background to USDA. Her experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors makes her the perfect choice to lead a multi-faceted agency like AMS.

As vice president of global public policy, Ms. Alonzo led all of Kraft Foods’ global corporate affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax and trade, and health and wellness. She also directed its global issues management team. During this time, Ms. Alonzo was elected chair of the World Cocoa Foundation, a membership organization focused on creating a sustainable cocoa economy and improving the lives of cocoa-farming communities worldwide.

During her career, she has played an important role in trade policy, food and agriculture, as well as sustainability. According to a USDA press release, her noteworthy career exemplifies leadership and service to the United States and the Latino community.

Ms. Alonzo previously served as senior vice president at the National Foreign Trade Council, where she was actively involved in the passage of the Dominican Republic-Central American Free Trade Agreement, deputy assistant secretary at the International Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Alonzo was also selected as this nation's first environmental attaché and assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she was a key player in the North America Free Trade Agreement negotiations. She began her career as an environmental counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, Chicago, IL.

Ms. Alonzo earned her MBA and JD from the University of Chicago, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, respectively. An Illinois native, she grew up in Chicago's Little Village and Pilsen neighborhoods.