WASHINGTON – The Biden administration recently announced that it would name Alexis Taylor as the undersecretary for trade at the US Department of Agriculture.

Taylor previously worked as deputy undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services during the Obama administration. She most recently served as director of Oregon’s agriculture department.

“Alexis Taylor has dedicated her life to public service. She has not only spent her career serving the American people through her work in US agricultural and trade policy, but also as a Veteran of the US Army,” the USDA said. “Her nomination builds upon USDA’s commitment to link US agriculture to the world to enhance export opportunities for American farmers and producers and increase global food security.”

Industry groups supported Taylor following the nomination, starting with the US Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

“USMEF is very anxious to see this important position filled, and Alexis Taylor is an outstanding nominee,” the association said. “USMEF and our member companies had many opportunities to work with Ms. Taylor in her previous roles at USDA and we are confident she will be a strong and effective advocate for US exporters and all of US agriculture.”

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) also approved of Taylor’s new position in the federal government.

“Alexis’ experience working in Congress, in the Department and as Oregon Secretary of Agriculture make her uniquely qualified for this role,” said Julie Anna Potts, president and chief executive officer of the NAMI. “She is the right person at the right time to lead the nation’s focus on strengthening exports, expanding access to new markets and navigating an increasingly unpredictable global economy. We look forward to working with her especially as meat and poultry products are seeing record demand at home and abroad.”

Taylor’s nomination must be considered and approved by the US Senate. Taylor received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Communications from Iowa State University.