U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development (USDA-RD) Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund today announced Gregory Stuckey has been hired as the new USDA-RD Community Programs Director effective December 29th. Stationed in the Palmer State Office, Mr. Stuckey will provide leadership and oversight to the Community Facilities grant and loan programs for Alaska.
Mr. Stuckey has extensive experience working with both the rural communities and the federally recognized Tribes in Alaska. He lived and raised his three children for five years in Haines where he had the pleasure of serving as the Tribal Administrator for Chilkoot Indian Association. He then moved his family to Palmer and worked for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the next five years as the Administrator Advisor for the Office of Native American Programs.
"Greg’s professional experience includes working with both rural municipal governments and tribal governments as well as regional and statewide non-profit organizations. He has a proactive approach to managing programs and will assist USDA in actively developing projects across Alaska with particular focus on our StrikeForce communities," said Nordlund.
Greg attended the University of Texas where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and attended Walden University and earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Greg is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute.
When asked why he applied for this position, Greg replied, "I love working with rural Alaskan communities where the need for community development projects are immense. It gives me a sense of achievement and satisfaction to work closely with an organization to assist them in developing a project that continues them on their path toward their shared vision for the community.”
For more information on USDA-RD in Alaska, please visit: http://www.rd.usda.gov/ak