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Dr. Basil Gooden

Under Secretary for Rural Development

Dr. Basil I. Gooden was confirmed by the United State Senate to serve as Under Secretary for Rural Development on Monday, February 26, 2024. 
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Farah Ahmad

Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development

Farah Ahmad serves as the Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She works to advance policies and programs that create economic inclusion and opportunity in rural communities.
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Roger Glendenning

Chief Operating Officer

Roger Glendenning currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Rural Development. As the COO, he is responsible for all administrative support functions for over 4,650 employees in nearly 500 offices across the country.
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State Leadership

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State Director’s play a critical role in helping Rural Development focus on locally driven, community economic development strategies that build on the diverse assets and needs of rural places throughout America. Each state including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico is led by an appointed State Director, and in a few cases adjoining states are led by a single State Director.