On March 23, 2009, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack named
Michael Michener as Administrator of USDAís Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).
Michener has served in three U.S. foreign affairs
agencies in the past 10 years. He has spent considerable time overseas promoting
post-conflict stability operations, economic development and human rights. Most
recently, he served as the Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor and Lead
Planning Officer for the U.S. State Departmentís Office of the Coordinator for
Reconstruction and Stabilization. From 2005 to 2007, he served as the lead Iraq
policy officer for the State Departmentís Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and
Labor, managing nearly $400 million in assistance programs promoting democracy
and human rights in that country. He also has experience working with the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kosovo, Montenegro, and
Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Michener received both his bachelorís and
masterís degrees from the University of Maryland. His hometown is New London, Iowa.