Lisa Pino
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Lisa Pino is Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has served USDA since her appointment in May, 2009 by President Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack as Deputy Administrator of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) of USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service. Since joining USDA, she has dedicated her service to strengthening USDA food and nutrition assistance programs for low-income children, individuals, and families, and ending the nation’s hunger and obesity challenges. Her accomplishments include: improving access and compliance with USDA programs, contributing to USDA MyPlate and MiPlato nutrition education and awareness, representing the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative to ending childhood obesity, participating in White House community roundtables around the country, leading USDA Strikeforce initiatives in rural America, strengthening USDA partnerships with national and community organizations, mentoring college students interested in food and agriculture, and serving as a member of the U.S. Office of Minority Health’s federal interagency initiative to end health disparities. She holds a B.A., M.A., and J.D. from Arizona State University. Her prior experience includes serving as a staff attorney for migrant farm workers and working in immigration law in Arizona, and acting as a community organizer for food service cafeteria workers in California. She has over a decade of community experience serving U.S. Latino and low-income communities.