Office of External Affairs Contacts

Press Inquiries: 202-690-0498 or 202-690-1384
Congressional Inquiries : 202-720-0999

USDA Rural Development
Office of External Affairs
1400 Independence Avenue, SW.,
Washington, D.C. 20250-0705

Director: Marie Wheat
Special Assistant to the Director: Cheryl Gamboney
Administrative Officer: Vacant

Legislative Affairs:

Legislative Specialist: Leslie Brown

Legislative Specialist: Bria Carter

Legislative Specialist: Joe Shunk



Public Affairs

Communications Manager: Jay Fletcher

Public Affairs Specialist: Weldon Freeman

Public Affairs Specialist: James Pendleton

Public Affairs Specialist: Kathy James

Web Content Manager: Karen Priestly


Publications Manager:  Steve Thompson

Public Affairs Specialist: Heather Hartley

Materials Handler: Jon Hall