Civil Rights Contacts

To File a Complaint

To file an EEO complaint, visit our online Equal Opportunity eFile Module or contact an EEO Counselor at (202) 692-0090.

Contact Civil Rights

Phone: (800) 787-8821; Local: (202) 692-0252 Fax: (844) 496-7792  TTY / Assistive Device Number: (800)-877-8339
Business Hours: 8:30am-5:00pm EST, M-F

USDA Rural Development
Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Room 1341-S; STOP 0703
Washington, DC 20250-0703
Toll Free: (800) 787-8821; Local: (202) 692-0252 | Fax: (844) 496-7792 

Office of the Director

Name    Title    Phone    Email Address   
Sharese C. Paylor, Ed.D. Director 202-692-0097
Bertina Adams Administrative Management Specialist 202-692-0096
Angie Vandell Program Analyst 202-306-3798

Equal Opportunity Employment Branch

Name Title Phone Email Address
Kimberly Bush Equal Employment Opportunity Branch Chief 202-692-0092
Kavin D. Johnson Equal Employment Specialist 202-692-0100
Cheryl Harris Equal Employment Specialist 202-720-1133
Julio Gordon Equal Employment Specialist 202-720-0960

Program Compliant Processing and Resolution Branch
& Program Compliance and Training Branch

Name    Title    Phone    Email Address   
Darren Kaihlanen Branch Chief, Program Compliance 405-446-2619
Terri Sneed Branch Chief, Program Complaints 202-642-0665
Bertina Adams    Administrative Management Specialist    202-692-0096      
Brenda Woolard Equal Opportunity Specialist 919-873-2012
Carolyn Turner    Equal Opportunity Specialist    254-742-9747      
Cathy Beales    Equal Opportunity Specialist    318-584-5728      
Catrina Southall    Equal Opportunity Specialist    202-893-4415      
Craig Stroman    Equal Opportunity Specialist    302-358-4244    
Derrin Jourdan    Equal Opportunity Specialist    530-204-7314      
Elizabeth Messervey    Equal Opportunity Specialist    618-267-7909      
Heather Rhine-Bouie    Equal Opportunity Specialist    318-955-2387      
Ivelisse Valentin    Equal Opportunity Specialist    202-690-4767      
Janice (Renee) Allen Equal Opportunity Specialist 803-765-5247
Jerry V. Frink Equal Opportunity Specialist 202-692-0357
Jim Hafner    Equal Opportunity Specialist    605-352-1134    
Michele Witt Equal Opportunity Specialist 859-224-7324
Pauline Price    Equal Opportunity Specialist    202-692-0359      
Robert Harris    Equal Opportunity Specialist 202-720-0834    
Tonja Jackson    Equal Opportunity Specialist    202-692-0102