Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service: Who is Rayne Pegg?

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Rayne Pegg has served as the administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) since July 6, 2009, after she was appointed, at the age of 33, to the position by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The AMS is responsible for administering programs that promote the sale of American agricultural products, including overseas sales.

The daughter of Philip Clayton-Thompson and Donna Pizzi, who own an advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, Pegg earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.
She first worked as a project manager for Convergent Communications and then as an assistant account executive at Opus Creative Group in Portland. Next, she became director of governmental relations for the Agricultural Council of California. During her three years in this position, she handled issues such as labor, taxation and environmental issues before the California legislature.
In June 2004, Pegg joined the California Farm Bureau Federation’s National Affairs and Research Division as director of international trade and plant health. Her duties included being responsible for plant health, agricultural chemical matters and horticultural crops.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture then hired Pegg to serve as deputy secretary of legislation and policy. Pegg represented the department before the state legislature and participated in negotiations with the World Trade Organization and involving the U.S. South Korea Free Trade Agreement.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
Administrator Rayne Pegg (Agricultural Marketing Service)


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