State Director of North Carolina
Mel Ellis is Acting State Director for USDA Rural Development in North Carolina. Mel oversees programs in 4 area offices across the state to help create prosperity in rural communities. These programs help improve the economy and quality of life for rural Americans by expanding access to housing and essential community facilities and by supporting job creation, business development and infrastructure modernization.
Mel is currently the Associate Enterprise Director assigned to the Management Services Division of the Business Center Operations Office for USDA Rural Development.
His career with USDA began in 1994 as an Assistant County Supervisor with the Farmers Home Administration, forerunner agency of USDA Rural Development. His tenure with the Department includes serving at the USDA headquarters in Washington, DC.
Mel holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Finance) from North Carolina Central University and a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. He and wife, Joyce, live in Wake Forest, NC with their 16 year old son, Mel, Jr. and 9 year old daughter, Mallory.
As State Director, Mel will use his leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to enhance prosperity in rural North Carolina.