WASHINGTON, November 10, 2014 – Alexis Taylor has been named Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS). Previously, she served as the Chief of Staff for FFAS, where she has been heavily involved with implementing provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill.

The Iowa native now has key responsibilities in international trade policy and export assistance programs, and coordinates USDA's role in international food aid. She will also play a leadership role in several international economic development and trade capacity building programs.

Before joining USDA, she served as Legislative Assistant for Senator Max Baucus of Montana, where she advised Baucus on agriculture and telecommunication issues. Alexis was the responsible for negotiating the 2012 Senate Farm Bill for Baucus. Prior to working for the Senator, Alexis spent five years with Congressman Leonard Boswell of Iowa as his Legislative Director, working on the 2008 Farm Bill.

Alexis served in the United States Army Reserves from 1998 to 2006. During her time in the Reserves she did one tour in Iraq with the 389th Combat Engineer Battalion.

Alexis is a graduate of Iowa State University and grew up on her family farm in Iowa which has been in her family for over 150 years.


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