President Biden Announces Key Regional Appointments for USDA, SBA, EPA, and HHS


WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden introduced his intent to nominate the next people to serve in key regional roles on the United States Department of Agriculture, Small Business Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Health and Human Services:

  • Theresa Greenfield, USDA State Director, Rural Development, Iowa
  • Armando Valdez, USDA State Director, Rural Development, Colorado
  • Matt Russell, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Iowa
  • Kent Peppler, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Colorado
  • Clifton Warren, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Alabama
  • Robin Talley, USDA State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Delaware
  • Mike Vlacich, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 1
  • Allen Morris Thomas, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 4
  • Elmy Bermejo, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 9
  • Daniel Blackman, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 4
  • Kathleen “KC” Becker, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 8
  • Lisa Garcia, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 2
  • Dara Kass, HHS Regional Director, Region 2
  • Ingrid Ulrey, HHS Regional Director, Region 10

These regional appointees might be essential to the President’s efforts to rebuild communities most impacted by the pandemic, the financial restoration, and local weather change. They carry deep experience of their difficulty areas in addition to essential relationships with federal, state, tribal, and native leaders. And, according to the President’s dedication to constructing an administration that appears like America, these regional appointees signify the range of American and the communities they serve.


The USDA’s Farm Service Agency implements agricultural coverage, administers credit score and mortgage packages, and manages conservation, commodity, catastrophe, and farm advertising packages in every U.S. State. Its mission is to equitably serve all farmers, ranchers, and agricultural companions by way of the supply of efficient, environment friendly agricultural packages for all Americans. State Executive Directors oversee this work, guaranteeing the wants of native constituents are met and that USDA sources are distributed equitably and pretty.

USDA’s Rural Development mission space is dedicated to serving to enhance the economic system and high quality of life in rural America. State Directors lead places of work that supply grants, loans, and mortgage ensures to assist create jobs and help financial growth and important providers.

Theresa Greenfield, State Director, Rural Development, Iowa

Theresa Greenfield grew up on a small household farm exterior a city of 500 in the course of the 1980’s Farm Crisis. A dedicated public servant, Greenfield has targeted her profession on group growth, housing, and actual property. She has labored with elected officers and group leaders in any respect ranges of presidency to create robust, vibrant neighborhoods and hometowns. She is concentrated on bringing her skilled and life experiences to the mission of strengthening the economic system of rural Iowa.

Armando Valdez, State Director, Rural Development, Colorado

A local of the San Luis Valley, Armando was raised close to Capulin, Colorado, on a farm and ranch consisting of cattle, sheep, small grains, and hay. Armando continues to function this household farm and ranch alongside along with his spouse and kids.  In addition to his passions for agriculture, Armando is an Assistant Professor of Management and the Director of the Health Care Administration Program within the School of Business at Adams State University.  Armando is at the moment a member of the Colorado State University System Board of Governors.  During the Obama-Biden Administration, Armando was appointed to the USDA-Farm Service Agency Executive Committee for Colorado. In 2012, Armando was appointed as government chair of this committee and served in that function till his time period led to 2018.  Finally, empowering folks and cultivating profitable pathways for others are two of Armando’s key priorities. Armando believes we should facilitate alternatives for all inside Colorado, which improve agricultural, financial, academic, and social pursuits whereas defending rural and agricultural life.  

Matt Russell, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Iowa

Matt Russell, a fifth technology Iowa farmer, grew up on a 1,000-acre commodity and livestock farm. He now farms along with his husband Patrick Standley close to Lacona that includes retail agriculture and environmental stewardship. Russell’s off-farm profession is constructed on advocating for social justice—the primary decade coaching for and working in ministry and 16 years doing secular work in financial and environmental sustainability. Since April 2018 he’s been drawing on each backgrounds to guide Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, a statewide local weather motion group. Under his management, Iowa IPL started empowering farmers to affix different Iowans of religion and conscience to assist remedy the local weather disaster. He earned an M.S. in Rural Sociology from Iowa State University; superior meals, agriculture, and rural growth coverage on the Drake University Agricultural Law Center; and served eight years on the Iowa FSA State Committee. Coyote Run Farm options grass-finished beef, specialty crops, and rising carbon farming tasks.

Kent Peppler, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Colorado

Kent Peppler is a fourth-generation farmer from Mead, Colorado. A local of Colorado, Kent is a graduate of Longmont High School and holds an Associate of Arts diploma from Northeastern Junior College in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Agriculture Education from Colorado State University. Kent was a member of the Colorado State Farm Service Agency State Committee in the course of the Clinton-Gore Administration from 1995-2000 and served briefly because the Assistant State Executive Director and Acting State Executive Director for the company. He additionally served as a commerce advisor on the United States Department of Agriculture Sweeteners Agriculture Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC). Additionally, he acted as Colorado Young Farmers Educational Association State President and was State President of Rocky Mountain Farmers Union for 9 years. Kent and his spouse Colleen at the moment farm in Mead and have two grown kids, Ashley Charnetski and Tyson Peppler.

Clifton Warren, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Alabama

Clifton L. Warren Jr. is a local of Greene County, Alabama the place he grew up on a small household farm the place he raised hogs and grew corn and different greens. Warren brings a mixed complete of over 25 years of expertise and devoted service to the Government, the bulk with the FSA. Warren started his profession with FSA in 1999 as a Temporary Program Technician within the Greene/Sumter FSA Office. He turned a County Operations Trainee with FSA in 2000 and went on to serve on this capability along with being a Program Technician from 2001-2004.  He later served as County Operations Reviewer the place he was accountable for the critiques of over 46 USDA Service Centers in Alabama and different states on an annual foundation on all elements of farm packages. Warren has additionally served as County Executive Director for Hale, Perry, and Bibb counties and as District Director for 13 FSA county places of work offering oversight, program recommendation, coaching and steerage to County committees and service heart staffs on commodity packages and farm mortgage packages.

After highschool, Warren enlisted within the U.S. Army and served honorably for 3 years from 1990-1993. Warren served within the Persian Gulf War throughout this enlistment. Warren attended DeVry University in Atlanta, Georgia, incomes a Bachelor of Science diploma in Management with a focus in Human Resource Management and Project Management. Warren and his spouse Bernice reside in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.

Robin Talley, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency, Delaware

Robin L. Talley has served in numerous capacities inside the USDA-Farm Service Agency since 1984.  Most not too long ago, in her capability as District Director, she was accountable for administration of federal farm and mortgage packages delivered by three area places of work in Delaware.  Born and raised on a dairy farm in Delaware, Talley has a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Delaware. 

Talley’s service to agriculture has been acknowledged quite a few occasions by USDA and farm organizations.  She is a recipient of the George M. Worrilow Award, introduced by the University of Delaware Ag Alumni Association for excellent service to agriculture.  Talley was a trustee and volunteer for the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village. Talley resides in Dover.


The 10 SBA Regional Offices, led by Regional Administrators, oversee the SBA’s 68 district places of work and make sure the targets and aims of the Agency are met by every district workplace and area operations workers. The district places of work are the purpose of supply for most SBA packages and providers, offering high quality service to the native small enterprise group. They work with SBA useful resource companions and intermediaries to perform the SBA mission of aiding America’s small companies.

Mike Vlacich, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 1

Mike Vlacich is a revered New Hampshire public servant with intensive financial growth, coverage, and constituent service expertise on the nonprofit, state and federal authorities degree at the moment serving as Senior Advisor to United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen, the place he additionally served in management roles in her US Senate and Governor’s Offices. He beforehand served as President and CEO of the New Hampshire College and University Council, State Director for United States Senator Maggie Hassan, Director of the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, and Deputy Chief of Staff to NH Governor John Lynch. Vlacich is a primary technology American and the primary in his household to attend school, graduating from the University of New Hampshire in 1995.  He lives in Concord, NH along with his spouse and 2 daughters.

Region 1 serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Allen Thomas, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 4

Allen Thomas is a three-term mayor, businessman, entrepreneur and chief in public and personal enterprise. As mayor of Greenville, one in all North Carolina’s largest cities, Allen led the post-recession restoration, fast enlargement and strong financial development, higher connecting town and area. He was acknowledged within the White House in the course of the Obama-Biden Administration for group engagement in legislation enforcement and public security. A serial entrepreneur, Allen co-founded healthcare know-how startup IQMax, which grew to service 160 medical amenities in 36 States, processing 18 million affected person information per day. Mr. Thomas was appointed Executive Director of the North Carolina Global Transpark by Governor Roy Cooper, to revitalize the state’s world multimodal transportation and logistics hub, spearheading development in superior manufacturing jobs, innovation and funding.

Region 4 serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Elmy Bermejo, SBA Regional Administrator, Region 9

Elmy Bermejo has a ardour for constructing and strengthening relationships whereas aiding folks and organizations attain their targets. She has been a senior authorities official with greater than 25 years of expertise on the government degree and has established a profitable document of collaboration with public and personal stakeholders on a variety of points together with workforce growth, catastrophe reduction, and small enterprise help. Elmy not too long ago served because the Northern California Director for External Affairs for Governor Gavin Newsom; previous to that, she served as a Senior Adviser and Outreach Director for Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis of California, the primary girl ever chosen for this place. Elmy additionally served within the Obama-Biden administration on the US Department of Labor because the Regional Representative to the Secretary and as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs.  She serves on the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, The Women’s Foundation of CA and is an Advisory member of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) and the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Public Good.

Region 9 serves Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii and Nevada.


Regional Administrators lead the EPA’s 10 regional places of work across the nation, every of which is accountable for the execution of EPA packages inside a set of a number of states and territories. EPA regional places of work additionally make sure the views and wants of every area are included into the formulation of company and nationwide coverage.

Daniel Blackman, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 4

Daniel Blackman has spent over a decade advising policymakers on the Georgia state capitol and advocating on behalf of Georgia ratepayers and small companies in energy-related issues earlier than the state’s Public Service Commission. He served as chairman of the Georgia Chapter of the Sierra Club and board member for the ACLU. Blackman has labored all through EPA Region 4 to safe environmental, well being and financial justice and to convene stakeholders with federal companies. His work in addressing groundwater contamination at nuclear crops and its affect on public well being and security has given him the chance to testify quite a few occasions earlier than the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; and his dedication to working all through the Southeastern United States to push for laws that addresses poisonous ash left behind from burning coal has given him the chance to play a key function within the transitioning from coal to scrub power within the United States.

Region 4 serves Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and 6 Tribal Nations.

Kathleen “KC” Becker, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 8

KC Becker not too long ago accomplished 4 phrases within the Colorado legislature, culminating as Speaker of the House. Becker led the Colorado Democrats to its largest majority within the legislature in over 50 years, and the primary majority feminine legislative chamber within the nation. Prior to serving within the Colorado legislature, she served 4 years on Boulder, Colorado’s metropolis council. She labored for almost seven years as an attorney-advisor within the Solicitor’s Office on the US Department of the Interior, working towards administrative and pure sources legislation. While within the Colorado legislature, Becker led landmark laws to reform Colorado’s oil and gasoline sector, created a primary within the nation Office of Just Transition, and handed nationally-leading laws requiring the state of Colorado to place ahead a plan to satisfy carbon discount targets. Becker lives in Boulder together with her husband and two sons.

Region 8 serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, and 28 Tribal Nations.

Lisa Garcia, EPA Regional Administrator, Region 2

Lisa Flavia Garcia is an environmental lawyer that has been utilizing the ability of legislation and coverage over the previous 20 years to advocate for environmental and local weather justice (“EJ”).  Garcia was appointed to EPA in 2009, serving as affiliate administrator and senior advisor to EPA Administrators Lisa P. Jackson and Gina McCarthy. She led the creation and implementation of Plan EJ 2014, the primary strategic plan for weaving EJ into all the EPA’s work, and led the design of EJSCREEN. Garcia then labored as a Vice President for Litigation, Healthy Communities at Earthjustice, and in 2019 joined GRIST journal to design and run a brand new program known as Fix, a local weather options lab targeted on amplifying the voices of local weather justice leaders. Earlier in her profession, Garcia served because the Director of Environmental Justice and Indian Affairs on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and as an Assistant Attorney General within the Environmental Protection Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office.  She was additionally an Associate Professor at Rutgers Law School in Newark, workers lawyer at NY Public Interest Group, and a legislative fellow for Senator Robert Torricelli and NJ State Senator Byron Baer.

Region 2 serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and 8 Tribal Nations.


Regional Directors lead HHS’s 10 Regional Offices that instantly serve state and native organizations. Regional Directors make sure the Department maintains shut contact with state, native, and tribal companions and addresses the wants of communities and people served by way of HHS packages and insurance policies.

Dara Kass, HHS Regional Director, Region 2

Dr. Kass is a graduate of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine and the Kings County Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency. She started her profession in resident training at Staten Island University Hospital, adopted by medical scholar training at New York University School of Medicine, and most not too long ago was an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine on the Columbia University School of Medicine. A champion for gender fairness and the development of girls in drugs, Dr. Kass’s tutorial work has targeted on making a extra equitable office for ladies in drugs. Most not too long ago, she has shifted focus to coverage and public communication regarding the COVID pandemic. She has targeted her communication on the affect of COVID on communities and households, empowering Americans to make knowledgeable choices for themselves and their households. 

Region 2 relies in New York City and serves New York, New Jersey, U.S. territories within the Caribbean, and a number of federally acknowledged Tribal Nations.

Ingrid Ulrey, HHS Regional Director, Region 10

Ulrey joins HHS following greater than 5 years as Policy Director for Public Health—Seattle and King County, the place she was a lead strategist for the area’s COVID-19 response, guiding vaccine supply for a inhabitants of greater than 2.2 million. She has experience in wholesome getting old and long-term care from earlier management positions with AARP and earlier than that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); and a worldwide perspective on well being from greater than 5 years residing and working in Asia. Ulrey has a grasp’s diploma in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Region 10 encompasses Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Region 10 Indian Health Service places of work additionally serve a number of federally acknowledged tribes on this area.