WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2009 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today named John D. Brewer as General Sales Manager of USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Brewer, who Vilsack appointed in July as FAS’s Associate Administrator, will now serve the agency in dual roles including management of market development, export credit, export subsidy, and food aid programs.
"We must continue expanding export opportunities to benefit America’s farmers and ranchers and the experience that John brings to the table will help increase economic opportunities for producers throughout rural America," said Vilsack.
Brewer came to USDA from the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on a variety of intelligence and finance-related projects for the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and private-sector financial institutions such as Bank of America and Wachovia. He was also a Senior Analyst in the Office of Global Risk Assessments at the American International Group (AIG) where he was responsible for providing analysis on business risks and global threats to AIG and its largest customers.
In addition to his private-sector experience, Brewer also brings with him more than a decade of experience in the federal government. He has served in the State, Treasury, and Defense departments, working on issues including U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. counter-narcotics policy, and anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing programs.
Brewer holds Bachelor degrees in History and English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master’s degree in Diplomatic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Brewer is a native of Florence, S.C.
FAS is responsible for USDA’s international activities, including export credit guarantee programs, market development and international food aid programs, trade negotiations, the collection and analysis of market information, and international development efforts. The agency has 97 offices overseas that cover more than 154 countries.
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