Jennifer Yezak serves as Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs. Yezak most recently served as a consultant to the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA). Before that, Yezak served as director of legislative and regulatory affairs at NASDA as well as serving as Vice President of AgSource, Inc, where she served as a consultant to the United Soybean Board on research and biodiesel issues. Yezak also has previously worked for USDA from 1993-2000 where she worked for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; served as a confidential assistant to the Under Secretaries for Marketing and Regulatory Programs and Research, Education, and Economics; and was the executive director of the National Commission on Small Farms, an advisory committee to then Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman. Yezak also served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Bob Krueger of Texas. She also held positions at the Texas Department of Agriculture and the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock of the Texas House of Representatives. Yezak is a native of Bremond, Texas and earned her B.S. in Agricultural Education and a Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.