Rural Utilities Service

Agency Contact

Administrator's Office
Call: (202)720-9540
Address: USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1510, Rm 5135
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1510


Chad Rupe, Administrator - (202) 720-9540
Curtis Anderson, Chief of Staff - (202) 690-2732
Carolyn T. Roddy, Strategic Program Advisor - (202) 720-6297
Adam Miller, Management Analyst, - (202) 720-8674
John Spivey, Administrative Management Specialist - (202) 720-9450
Carolyn Seth, Administrative Support Assistant - (202) 720-0702

Electric Programs
Address: USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1560, Rm 5165
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1560


Christopher A. McLean, Assistant Administrator - (202) 720-9545
Jim Elliott, Director of Operations - (202) 720-9546
Amy McWilliams, Program Advisor - (202) 205-8663
John Pavek, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator Electric – (202) 720-2078
Catherine Early,  Office Assistant/Scheduler – (202) 720-9545



Office of Loan Origination and Approval (OLOA)
Office of Portfolio Management and Risk Assessment (OPMRA)
Office of Customer Service and Technical Assistance (OCSTA) 
Electric General Field Representatives

Telecommunications Program
Address: USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1590, Rm 5151
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1590


Laurel Leverrier,  Assistant Administrator - (202) 720-9556
Jonathan Claffey, Deputy Assistant Administrator -(202) 720-9556
Kimberly Armstead, Administrative Assistant - (202) 720-9556

Telecom Staff
Telecom General Field Representatives

Water and Environmental Programs
Address: USDA Rural Development
Rural Utilities Service
STOP 1548, Rm 5152
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-1548


Edna Primrose, Assistant Administrator - (202) 692-0308
Scott Barringer, Deputy Assistant Administrator - (202) 720-9643
 Diane Crean, Administrative Management Specialist - (202) 692-0308

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USDA’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) provides much-needed infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities. These include water and waste treatment, electric power and telecommunications services. All of these services help to expand economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for rural residents.

Latest Information

USDA recently announced more funding for the second round of the ReConnect Pilot Program. The window for application submissions is from January 31, 2020 - April 15, 2020, through the RUS online application portal.

Our Program Areas

Water and Environmental Programs (WEP)

WEP provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and recognized Indian tribes may qualify for assistance.

WEP also makes grants to non-profit organizations to provide technical assistance and training to help rural communities with their water, wastewater and solid waste problems.

Electric Programs

The Electric Program provides capital and leadership to maintain, expand, upgrade and modernize America’s vast rural electric infrastructure. The loans and loan guarantees finance the construction or improvement of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities in rural areas. The Electric Program also provides funding to support demand-side management, energy efficiency and conservation programs, and on-and off-grid renewable energy systems.

Loans are made to cooperatives, corporations, states, territories, subdivisions, municipalities, utility districts and non-profit organizations.

Telecommunications Programs

The Telecommunications Program improves the quality of life in rural America by providing capital for the deployment of rural telecommunications infrastructure. USDA Rural Development is committed to ensuring that rural areas have access to affordable, reliable, advanced telecommunications services comparable to those available throughout the rest of the United States.  With this access, rural America will see improved educational opportunities, health care, safety and security and ultimately, higher employment.