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Joseph W. Glauber
Chief EconomistJoseph Glauber

Joseph Glauber currently serves as Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  As Chief Economist, he is responsible for the Department's agricultural forecasts and projections and for advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals.  He is responsible for the Office of the Chief Economist, the World Agricultural Outlook Board, the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit analysis, the Global Change Program Office, the Office of Environmental Markets, and the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses.  He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.

From 1992 to 2007, Dr. Glauber served as Deputy Chief Economist at the USDA.  In 2007 he was named the Special Doha Agricultural Envoy at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he served as chief agricultural negotiator in the Doha talks until January 2009.  In addition to his work in the Doha negotiations, he served as economic adviser at the so-called Blair House agreements leading to the completion of the Uruguay Round negotiations.  He is the author of numerous studies on crop insurance, disaster policy and U.S. farm policy.  He has also served as senior staff economist for agriculture, natural resources and trade at the President's Council of Economic Advisers and as an economist at the Economic Research Service, USDA.

Dr. Glauber received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and holds an AB in anthropology from the University of Chicago.  In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Robert Johansson
Deputy Chief EconomistRobert Johansson

Robert Johansson serves as Deputy Chief Economist at the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  In this role, he assists the Chief Economist with the Department's agricultural forecasts and projections and with advising the Secretary of Agriculture on economic implications of alternative programs, regulations, and legislative proposals.

Prior to this position, he served as the senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers for energy, environment, and agriculture.  In addition, he has held several positions at USDA, both at the Economic Research Service and with the Climate Change Program Office within the Office of the Chief Economist.  He has held positions at the Office of Management and Budget in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and at the Congressional Budget Office.

Dr. Johansson received his Ph.D. and M.S. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, and B.A. in economics from Northwestern University.  His research has spanned a wide range of issues, including biofuels policy, water quality and quantity policies, regulatory economics, food security, and regional modeling of agricultural systems.  Prior to graduate school, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an extension agent in several African countries.

Peter Feather
Agricultural Labor Affairs CoordinatorPeter Feather

Peter Feather serves as the Agricultural Labor Affairs Coordinator in the Office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  He is responsible for analyzing the Department's various policies and activities that relate to agricultural labor, and he represents the USDA on immigration issues.

Dr. Feather has held this position since June, 2009.  Prior to that, he held positions as the Fuel Economy Division Chief at the Department of Transportation, Senior Economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers and Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service.

Dr. Feather received his Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota in 1992.  He also holds BS and MS degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri.t

Elise H. Golan
Director for Sustainable DevelopmentElise Golan

Elise H. Golan is the Director for Sustainable Development for USDA.  In this role, she provides leadership in planning, coordinating, and analyzing the Department's various policies, programs and activities that impact and relate to sustainable agricultural, natural resource, and community development including food security. 

Prior to this position, Elise served as the Associate Director of the Food Economics Division at the Economic Research Service, USDA. She received her Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Berkeley and completed a post-doctorate fellowship focusing on environmental economics at the University of Haifa, Israel.  Before joining USDA, Elise did consulting work for, among others, the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, and the California Department of Finance.  She served as a senior staff economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1998-99. 

Dr. Golan’s research has spanned a wide range of sustainability issues, including land tenure and sustainable land management in the Sahel and West Africa; rice-straw burning and sustainable land management in California; regional and U.S. food-system modeling; food labeling and market development; food access, affordability, and security; and the distributional consequences of food policy. 

Seth Meyer
Acting Chairman, World Agricultural Outlook Board Seth Meyer

Seth Meyer joined the Department of Agriculture (USDA), Office of the Chief Economist (OCE) in June 2013 and is primarily responsible for domestic agriculture policy analysis.  Before joining the OCE, Seth spent the last two years as a part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in the Global Perspectives Studies Unit, examining the long term drivers of agriculture demand and the allocation of productive resources to meet that growing demand.  Prior to that, Seth spent twelve years as a researcher and faculty member with the University of Missouri’s Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), analyzing policies affecting grains and oilseed markets, cotton, biofuels and agricultural commodity transportation.  He has authored numerous publications on these subjects including several examining U.S. biofuel Policy and has spent time as an invited researcher at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) in Tsukuba, Japan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) in Rome, Italy.  Seth grew up in Eastern Iowa and has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri.

Vacant
Chief Meteorologist

 

Linda Abbott
Director, Office of Risk Assessment and Cost-Benefit Analysis

 

William Hohenstein
Director, Climate Change Program OfficeWilliam Hohenstein

Mr. Hohenstein serves as the Director of the Climate Change Program Office (CCPO), and is responsible for coordinating climate change research and program activities for the Department. The Climate Change Program Office provides coordination and policy development support for the Department’s climate change program. It serves as a focal point for support to the Secretary of Agriculture on the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as strategies for addressing climate change.

Before arriving at USDA, Mr. Hohenstein served as a Division Director in EPA’s National Center for Environmental Economics. Mr. Hohenstein has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Cook College, Rutgers University and a M.E.M. in Resource Economics from Duke University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Harry Baumes
Director, Office of Energy Policy and New UsesHarry Baumes

Harry Baumes returned to the USDA in April 2006 serving as Associate Director of the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses. He served as the Acting Director of the Office of Energy Policy and New Uses (OEPNU) from January to November 2010. In December, he was appointed Director by the Chief Economist Director of the Office. In addition to administrative responsibilities, Dr. Baumes’ activities focus on renewable energy policy and evaluation – particularly biofuels and feedstocks. Dr. Baumes has worked on the renewable fuel standard (RFS) and coordinated USDA interaction and collaboration with the EPA on the proposed and final rule for implementing the RFS provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. He was responsible for the overall agenda and for the Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development program for the ministerial level of the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference which had representation from over 120 countries and 100 minister level officials, and more than 5000 attended (March 2008).

Prior to returning to the USDA in April 2006 as Associate Director of the OEPNU, Dr. Baumes was Managing Director of Agricultural Services for Global Insight (G.I.). There he had management responsibilities for the Agricultural Group, including domestic and international agriculture sector forecasting and consulting services. While at G.I., Dr. Baumes led three proprietary studies that looked at biofuels and implications for U.S. agriculture. Baumes has more than 30 years of professional experience conducting and/or managing domestic and international agriculture sector studies.

Baumes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University (1974), a Master of Science degree (1976), and a Doctorate of Philosophy degree (1978) in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Baumes’ graduate studies concentrated on quantitative methods.