Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young serves as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (or R-E-E), and as USDA’s Chief Scientist. The R-E-E mission area is comprised of more than 8,500 employees across five organizations including the Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, National Agricultural Statistics Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Office of the Chief Scientist. Together these organizations create a safe, sustainable, competitive U.S. food and fiber system through integrated research, analysis, cooperative partnerships, and education.
Prior to being appointed by President Biden to serve as the R-E-E Under Secretary, Dr. Jacobs-Young was the Agricultural Research Service Administrator for 8 years. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Public Administration.
She holds Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Wood and Paper Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Pulp and Paper Science and Technology from North Carolina State University.