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Deputy Under Secretary

Cindy Long
Deputy Under Secretary

FNS Administrator Cndy Long
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Long most recently served as Administrator for the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). She has extensive experience with FNS, including having served as Deputy Administrator for Child Nutrition Programs where she led FNS’ implementation of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, the most significant restructuring of these programs in decades and a legislative centerpiece of the Obama-Biden Administration’s nutrition initiatives. 

Through her work in the Biden administration Long has worked to support stronger supply chains that allow new producers, including local and regional producers, to break into the market and help our nation’s schools to have a wide range of sources for the healthy and appealing foods they need to serve great meals. Long also held various other program management and research positions in FNS. 

Long has also served FNS in other roles, including leading FNS regional offices and research and analysis initiatives that support domestic nutrition assistance programs.

She has vast experience in budget and appropriations issues, including several years with the Office of Management and Budget. She also has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Long has a Master of Public Administration in public policy and economics from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including multiple USDA Honor Awards.

Page updated: July 17, 2024