Chavonda Jacobs-Young Ph.D.

Chavonda Jacobs-Young Ph.D.

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Led the establishment of the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist.

Chavonda Jacobs-Young Ph.D.
Chavonda Jacobs-Young Ph.D.

How long could you go without food? That's what Dr. Chavonda Jacobs-Young asks in relation to her job as Administrator of the Agricultural Research Service and the Acting USDA Chief Scientist. Her job aims to make food that is sustainable, environmentally friendly, and using the land we have. STEM can make that happen! Her work helps us enjoy so many of the foods that we know and love. She has served as Director of the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist and led the National Institute of Food and Agriculture as Acting Director, Senior Policy Analyst for Agriculture in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Previously, she was a faculty member at the University of Washington. In 1998, Jacobs-Young became the first African-American woman in the nation to earn a Ph.D in paper science, from North Carolina State University. And that's making HERstory!

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