New Risk Management Agency administrator, South Dakota farmer Marcia Bunger, joins RMA after 25 years of experience with USDA’s Farm Service Agency, the department said on Monday, announcing three senior appointments. level.
The other two appointees are Shefali Mehta, who has been appointed Assistant Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics, and Colin Finan, who will be Senior Advisor at the National Institute of Food and agriculture.
Bunger served as the Executive Director of a South Dakota County for 18 years, during which time she âworked closely with the leadership and staff of the Pine Ridge Tribal Government to administer FSA programs in the region. second largest land Indian reservation in the United States, âthe USDA said.
She also served for 15 years on the South Dakota Advisory Board to the United States Civil Rights Commission and held positions with Farm Credit Services of America, including as a Crop Insurance Specialist and Head of crop insurance. She is the treasurer of the Democratic Party of South Dakota.
“Recently, she founded a limited liability agriculture consultancy company providing assistance to farmers and ranchers in the area and working with a local crop insurance agency selling and managing crop insurance policies,” said the USDA declared. “Bunger also owns and operates a 2,000 acre family farm.”
Bunger “will be the first person in the Asian and Pacific Islander American community and the first woman to serve as an administrator of RMA,” the department said.
Finan was vice president of McCabe Message Partners, a Washington, DC-based public relations firm focused on healthcare communications. Prior to that, he was Director and Senior Partner of the Safe Food Project at Pew Charitable Trusts.