Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources & Environment
Ann Mills was named USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment on July 6, 2009. In this position, Mills has responsibility for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the federal agency with primary responsibility for working with private landowners in conserving, maintaining and improving their natural resources.
Mills brings to USDA a diverse set of skills and experience from both the government and non-profit sectors. Most recently, as a senior executive at American Rivers, Mills directed day-to-day operations, led the expansion of regional offices and directed a team of senior policy staff. Mills also has extensive experience working on Capitol Hill, having directed the Senate office of Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle and worked on bio-fuels issues for then-Congressman Richard Durbin.
Mills holds a Masters Degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Political Science from Tufts University. She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.