Kathleen Merrigan has been nominated to be USDA Deputy Secretary; she currently serves as assistant professor and director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment M.S. and Ph.D. Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She served as administrator of USDA’s Ag Marketing Service from 1999-2001, and was a staff member of the Senate Ag Committee from 1987-1992.