Acting State Director for Oregon
Jill Rees is the Acting State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development in Oregon.
Before being appointed to this role, Rees served as the Oregon Associate Enterprise Director for USDA Rural Development, overseeing agency operations and managing administrative functions for Rural Development in the state.
Over her 20-year USDA career, Rees has served in the roles of Acting State Director, Assistant State Director, and Community and Economic Development Director for Rural Development. In addition, she has served as a Public Affairs Specialist for both Rural Development and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. In these various capacities, she has worked for USDA in Champaign, Illinois; Riverside, California; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Washington, DC; and Portland, Oregon.
Rees has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a Professional Certificate in Tribal Relations and a certificate from the Executive Seminar Program in Natural Resources through Portland State University’s Hatfield School of Government in Portland, Oregon. She also completed the three-year certificate program for Professional Community and Economic Developers through the Northwest Community Development Institute in Boise, Idaho, and the Natural Resources Leadership Development Institute through Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Rees, who has lived in Oregon with her husband for the past 15 years, hails from a rural area of north-central Illinois.