CARSON CITY, Nev., March 17, 2022 – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to appoint nine U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regional positions, including Lucas Ingvoldstad as Rural Development (RD) State Director in Nevada.
“Our state offices are on the frontlines of providing critical USDA programs and services,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I am thrilled to welcome these nine talented and dedicated public servants to the team as we continue to build back better for the American people.”
RD State Directors serve as the chief executive officer of Rural Development in the states and territories and are tasked with carrying out the mission of Rural Development to the benefit of everyone in rural America. In conjunction with the guidance and support of the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the mission and strategic goals of Rural Development and provide key leadership to develop and support a productive, diverse, and inclusive state workforce.
Prior to joining USDA, Lucas Ingvoldstad was the Senior Director of Government and External Affairs for Eolus North America, a utility-scale renewable energy developer focusing on solar, wind, and battery storage projects throughout the Mountain West. Previously, he served seven years as a senior advisor to U.S. Majority Leader Harry Reid, where he focused on energy, agriculture, and natural resource issues. Ingvoldstad attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he earned his Master of Science degree in Land Use Planning Policy in 2011 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005.
Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit http://www.rd.usda.gov/nv. If you’d like to subscribe to USDA Rural Development updates, visit our GovDelivery subscriber page.