January 30, 2023

WASHINGTON, December 2, 2022 – Today, President Joe Biden appointed three U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including two state executive directors of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and a state director of rural development (RD).

“Here at USDA, we are grateful to have such a talented group of people leading our state offices,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “I look forward to the invaluable contributions each of them will bring to our department.”

The Executive Directors of the FSA states oversee the operation of the Farm Service Agency and the implementation of agricultural policy in the state. Each State Executive Director works with the State Committee to manage FSA programs and the operations of the county offices, and develops and maintains stakeholder relationships with customers and other agencies and governments.

RD State Directors serve as the chief executive officers of rural development in the states and territories and are charged with carrying out the mission of rural development for the benefit of all in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, State Directors are responsible for advancing the mission and strategic goals of rural development and playing a key role in developing and supporting a productive, diverse and inclusive government workforce.

Farm Service Agency:

William Bunce, FSA Executive Director for Wyoming

William “Bill” Bunce brings decades of agricultural production and agribusiness experience to the USDA’s FSA, having managed several large ranches in Wyoming, including cattle, sheep and beef fattening operations. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Bunce’s career has spanned ranch management, agribusiness, and ranch association management, including serving as senior operational manager at the American Quarter Horse Association, the Quarter Horse Journal, and the Quarter Racing Journal. He was also Vice President of the American Polled Hereford Association and Executive Director of the New Mexico Livestock Board. Bunce served the State of Wyoming as Marketing Director for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and was Staff Director for the Wyoming Business Council.

Ginger Sykes Torres, FSA State Executive Director for Arizona

Ginger Sykes Torres, a graduate of Stanford University’s interdisciplinary Earth System program, joins USDA after a career as an environmental planner and civic leader who has worked to create a fairer, more resilient, and sustainable planet for future generations. Sykes Torres has extensive experience in land use planning, environmental impact assessment and environmental policy for federal agencies, utilities and renewable energy developers in the western United States. She was vice chair of the City of Phoenix’s Environmental Quality and Sustainability Commission, which advises the Phoenix Mayor and Phoenix City Council on environmental, sustainability, and climate resilience issues. She also served as Chair of the Urban Heat Island Tree and Shade Subcommittee for the City of Phoenix. Sykes Torres played a pivotal role in developing innovative community-led strategies to expand the city’s shade capacity and prepare vulnerable communities for the effects of rising heat. Born in Tuba City, Arizona, Sykes Torres is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and a passionate advocate for issues affecting tribal communities.

Rural development:

Maximiliano Trujillo, RD State Director in Puerto Rico

Maximiliano Trujillo joins the USDA rural development team with 20 years of combined experience in the US Congress, the Puerto Rico government and the private sector. Most recently, Trujillo served as a government policy and strategic affairs consultant in Washington, DC, advising on federal telecommunications, healthcare and economic development. He has also served as Senior Policy Advisor to Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez on a broad portfolio of Puerto Rico-related issues. Prior to serving in Congress, Trujillo was Advocacy Director for AARP in Puerto Rico. In this position, he educated political advocacy groups and the public on federal issues such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and advocated for consumer protection and utility regulatory issues. He also served as Assistant Counsel to the Governor of Puerto Rico on Economic Security and Protection of Civil Rights and Legal Counsel in the Puerto Rico House of Representatives on Economic Development. Trujillo is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a law degree from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from American University Washington College of Law.

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