Former Democratic candidate for the US Senate, Theresa Greenfield, has been appointed as the state director of USDA Rural Development in Iowa.
President Joe Biden on Thursday announced plans to appoint Greenfield to lead the agency’s efforts in Iowa to improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. State directors run offices that provide grants, loans, and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services.
He also announced Lacona’s Matt Russell as USDA Executive Director for Iowa.
Greenfield, 58, who grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota and now lives in Des Moines, will lead the agency, which has 11 offices in Iowa to serve about 1.3 million rural residents. The state office is in Des Moines and regional offices are in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton, and Waverly.
Greenfield won a five-a-side primary to run against Republican Senator Joni Ernst in 2020, losing 52% to 45%. His background is in community development, housing and real estate. She and her husband, Steve, have four children.
Russell, 51, and her husband, Patrick Standley, operate Coyote Run Farm, which offers grass-finished beef, specialty crops and emerging carbon farming projects. He has been an advocate for social justice, in ministry for 10 years and 16 years in economic development sustainability. Since 2018, Russell has headed Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, a statewide climate action organization.