Janet A. Nuzum
Associate Administrator for Policy
Foreign Agricultural Service
US Department of Agriculture
Janet Nuzum serves as the Associate
Administrator for Policy of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). She
joined USDA in September 2009 as a senior political appointee for the
Obama Administration, and joined FAS in January 2010. She served her
first year at FAS as the Associate Administrator and General Sales
Manager, with responsibility for agriculture’s role in the President’s
National Export Initiative, export programs, food aid, technical
assistance and exchange programs, and various trade barrier issues.
As the new Associate Administrator for Policy (a recently created
position at FAS), her principal focus will continue to include the National
Export Initiative, but also span a wider range of trade policy issues
ranging from multilateral, regional and bilateral trade negotiations,
trade disputes, technical and SPS barriers to trade, trade facilitation
and capacity building, among other issues. She also oversees the
analytical and reporting capabilities of FAS which analyzes foreign
agricultural markets and reports on opportunities for US
agricultural products around the world.
Prior to joining USDA, much of Janet’s career focused on
international trade policy for both agricultural and non-agricultural
goods. She was a Clinton Administration appointee serving as Vice
Chairman of the US International Trade Commission. She worked
extensively on Capitol Hill, first on the staff of the House Ways and
Means Committee’s Trade Subcommittee during a time in the 1980’s when
international trade issues were becoming much more politically visible.
She also served during that time as the Ways and Means Committee’s point
person on Farm Bills and liaison with the Agriculture Committees.
Her agricultural expertise deepened when she worked on international
and domestic policy issues for the International Dairy Foods
Association. She later returned to the Hill to manage agricultural and
natural resource issues, as well as international trade issues, for
Congressman Cal Dooley, a Democrat representing California’s Central
In addition to a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and
bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Smith College, Janet
also has a graduate certificate in landscape design and worked for
several years as a landscape design consultant. She studied briefly as
an undergraduate student in Kyoto, Japan and has traveled extensively.
She resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband.
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