Office of External Affairs Contacts

The Office of External Affairs (OEA) is the central point of contact for Rural Development (RD) on press and congressional relations. OEA has two divisions to best serve its internal and external customers.

Ron Campbell
Senior Advisor

Cheryl Gamboney
Senior Advisor

Elizabeth Dann
Senior Advisor

USDA Rural Development

Office of External Affairs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.
Washington, D.C. 20250-0705

Press Inquiries: 
(202) 690-0498 or (202) 690-1384

Congressional Inquiries: 
(202) 720-9928

Field Operations and Multimedia Branch

The Field Operations and Multimedia Branch manages the public-facing marketing materials that represent USDA Rural Development to our customers and communities. These include the brochures and fact sheets, banners and displays, as well as the photos and videos that showcase the projects and programs that improve the quality of life in rural America. This branch also represents the Office of External Affairs with the 47 state offices, and ensures their Public Information Officers have the training and resources they need to serve the internal and external customers of USDA Rural Development. 

Staff

James Pendleton
Branch Chief

Heather Hartley
Public Affairs Specialist

Stephen A. Thompson
Publications Manager

Internal Communications Branch

The internal communications branch reviews and disseminates internal communication to RD audiences. RD conference and event planning functions are also housed here. The review of all internal communications includes providing plain language recommendations and ensuring 508 compliancy. The internal communications team supports the RD employee intranet portal by posting agency announcements and providing human interest stories about RD employees and programs.  

Staff

Shani Burley-Moore
Branch Chief

LaKimbrelle Clark 
Content Management Analyst

Matthew Mullen
Content Management Analyst

Jessica Bowser 
Content Management Analyst

Dianna Jennings
Content Management Analyst

Roger Loesch
Conference and Event Analyst

Legislative Affairs Branch


The Legislative Branch caries out critical assignments associated with legislation and proposals that impact RD’s mission area programs, operations, and activities. This branch provides comprehensive analysis of proposed and existing legislation and directs the development of new legislation and technical language.  Additionally, the branch reviews responses to Congressional inquiries submitted by the appropriate RD program area.  Furthermore, this branch leads the way for strategic communication with Congress.

Staff

Gerald Conner
Branch Chief

 

Bria Carter
Legislative Specialist

Joseph Shunk
Correspondence Management Officer

Robert Bolster
Legislative Specialist

New Media Branch 

The New Media Branch manages Rural Development's main public website and social media.

Staff

Karen Priestly
Branch Chief 

Jennifer Williams
Public Affairs Specialist

Daniel Shields
Public Affairs Specialist

Corey Jarvis
Public Affairs Specialist

Press Branch

TBD

Staff

Jay Fletcher
Communications Manager

Weldon Freeman
Public Affairs Specialist

Danielle Logan
Public Affairs Specialist