USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed John Brewer as Associate Administrator for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service. Brewer comes 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 and Treasury.

"John Brewer brings years of experience from his positions in both the private and public sectors," said Vilsack. "His expertise on U.S. intelligence policy and U.S.-Latin American relations will be helpful as FAS works to meet the challenges of expanding overseas opportunities for American agriculture and addressing global food security."

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. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. counter-narcotics policy, and anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing programs.

Source: USDA