State Director of Florida and U.S. Virgin Islands
Sydney was appointed by President Donald J. Trump on November 27, 2017 as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Prior to her appointment, she worked for U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan for more than 10 years in an official capacity and served as the Congressman’s liaison regarding all USDA issues that affected rural development. As a native Floridian, she grew up in rural Citrus County, Florida. She went on to earn a dual bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida - Go Gators! Sydney currently lives in Sarasota with her husband and three children, Spencer, Jack & Elle.
Sydney is working under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that USDA’s driving focus will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Secretary Perdue leads the USDA with these guiding principles: ensure USDA programs are delivered efficiently, effectively, and with integrity and a focus on customer service; maximize the ability of American agricultural producers to prosper by feeding and clothing the world; promote American agricultural products and exports; facilitate rural prosperity and economic development; and provide all Americans access to a safe, nutritious and secure food supply. Understanding that we live in a global economy where trade is of top importance, Secretary Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.