President Joe Biden recently announced his intention to appoint four regional positions in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), including four State Executive Directors of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and five State Directors of Rural Development ( RD).
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, “As the USDA continues to work to improve the lives of all Americans, we welcome these talented individuals who will each play a key role in advancing this shared mission. . Each will add to the Department’s experienced, dedicated and growing team.
State RD Directors serve as the general manager of rural development in the states and territories and are responsible for carrying out the mission of rural development for the benefit of all in rural America. With guidance and support from the National Office, State Directors are responsible for promoting the rural development mission and strategic goals and providing key leadership to develop and support a productive state workforce. , diverse and inclusive.
Prior to her appointment as state director, Arlisa Armstrong spent nearly three decades working in rural development in West Tennessee.
Hailing from Haywood County, Armstrong has spent time working with local leaders in West Tennessee and understands firsthand the critical role USDA Rural Development plays in promoting growth and prosperity. rural communities. She has successfully led multiple initiatives in a 12-county service area, effectively implementing residential, business, commercial, non-profit and non-profit lending and grant powers for direct and secured lending programs. . She is passionate about her work and has made it her mission to bring opportunities to rural communities across the state.
Armstrong is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, where she received her degree in business administration.