Appointees Connect:

A Power Networking Event & Panel Discussion

All Appointees Are Invited to Participate... a panel discussion with top USDA leadership who will provide insight on their current roles, share professional advice, and answer your burning questions - so come prepared! Following the forum will be speed networking with fellow appointees from across the Department. Take advantage of this valuable development opportunity and platform to build lasting relationships with your colleagues.

Monday, June 10, Rm 107-A

1:00 - 1:40PM --- Panel Discussion w/ USDA Senior Leaders

1:40 - 1:55PM --- Ms. Ayanna Hook Briefs Participants

2:00 - 2:20PM --- Flash Appointee Networking Session

Light Refreshments Will Be Provided

Featured Panelists

  • Karis Gutter, Deputy Under Secretary for FFAS
  • Dr. Joe Leonard, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • Anne MacMillan, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
  • Doug O'Brien, Acting Under Secretary for RD
  • Ramona Romero, General Counsel


  • Ayanna Hooks, Center for Training and Organization Development Branch Chief (APHIS)