Global Conference 2010
Former Deputy Administrator, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
Mary Chambliss is a Former Deputy Administrator for Export Credits in the U.S. Department of Agriculture′s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). She previously served as the FAS acting administrator, as well as general sales manager of the agency. As deputy administrator, her primary responsibilities were management of USDA′s international food aid programs and export credit financing programs. The value of these programs averaged $4 billion to $5 billion a year, supporting exports of U.S. agricultural commodities to more than 50 developing countries. Earlier in her career, Chambliss served as acting associate administrator of the USDA's Office of International Cooperation and Development, an arm of USDA that worked with the U.S. Agency for International Development and several international organizations. She began her career as an economist, with primary responsibility for research on countries in Africa. Chambliss holds a bachelor's degree from Roanoke College and a master's degree in government from The George Washington University.