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Former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman Joins National 4-H Council Board of Trustees

CHEVY CHASE, MD- (October 31, 2011) National 4-H Council is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Board of Trustees, Ann M. Veneman. Veneman served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2001 to 2005, where she advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, rural development, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs.

Veneman served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 where she worked to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. Her leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th.

“We are excited to welcome Ann as she offers a wealth of information and expertise in agriculture, as well as child health, education and nutrition,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “Additionally, Ann’s experience serving as Secretary of USDA will certainly help in our continuous efforts to deliver high-quality positive youth development programs to millions of youth around the world.”

Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for Alexion, a global biopharmaceutical company and NestlĂ© S.A., the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and serves as an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center.

A lawyer by training, Ann Veneman has had a distinguished career in public service. From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Veneman served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation’s largest agricultural producing region. Early in her career, she was a deputy public defender.

“It is an honor to serve on the board of such a widely respected organization that does so much to advance youth leadership and citizenship,” said Veneman. “As a 4-H member growing up in California I understand the importance of youth development programs.”

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Veneman has long had a passion for advancing education and children’s issues, serving on a number of advisory councils, committees and non-profit boards. She is co-chair of Mothers Day Every Day and on the boards of the Close Up Foundation and Malaria No More. As Secretary of Agriculture, she instituted a program called “Leaders of Tomorrow” where she encouraged USDA staff to mentor 4-H and FFA students across the country. Veneman personally mentored students when she traveled, providing them unique educational experiences and opportunities to learn.

Veneman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.

CHEVY CHASE, MD- (October 31, 2011) National 4-H Council is pleased to announce the newest addition to the Board of Trustees, Ann M. Veneman. Veneman served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 2001 to 2005, where she advanced an expanded trade agenda, food protection, progressive farm policy, rural development, responsible forest policy, and stronger nutrition programs.

Veneman served as the Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 2005 to 2010 where she worked to support child health and nutrition, quality basic education, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children and women from violence, exploitation and HIV/AIDS. Her leadership and vision has been recognized both nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was named to the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women list, ranking 46th.

“We are excited to welcome Ann as she offers a wealth of information and expertise in agriculture, as well as child health, education and nutrition,” said Donald T. Floyd Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “Additionally, Ann’s experience serving as Secretary of USDA will certainly help in our continuous efforts to deliver high-quality positive youth development programs to millions of youth around the world.”

Veneman currently serves on the boards of directors for Alexion, a global biopharmaceutical company and NestlĂ© S.A., the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Trilateral Commission, and serves as an advisor to the Bipartisan Policy Center.

A lawyer by training, Ann Veneman has had a distinguished career in public service. From 1986 to 1993, she served in various positions in the USDA, including Deputy Secretary, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs, and Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service. Veneman served as Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture from 1995 to 1999, overseeing the state agency responsible for nation’s largest agricultural producing region. Early in her career, she was a deputy public defender.

“It is an honor to serve on the board of such a widely respected organization that does so much to advance youth leadership and citizenship,” said Veneman. “As a 4-H member growing up in California I understand the importance of youth development programs.”

Veneman has long had a passion for advancing education and children’s issues, serving on a number of advisory councils, committees and non-profit boards. She is co-chair of Mothers Day Every Day and on the boards of the Close Up Foundation and Malaria No More. As Secretary of Agriculture, she instituted a program called “Leaders of Tomorrow” where she encouraged USDA staff to mentor 4-H and FFA students across the country. Veneman personally mentored students when she traveled, providing them unique educational experiences and opportunities to learn.

Veneman holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She has also been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from several universities and colleges.