Statement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the Intent to Nominate Margo Schlanger to Serve as USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

WASHINGTON, January 24, 2023 – “The nomination of Margo Schlanger to serve as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights marks USDA’s commitment to advancing civil rights and equity in all of our programs and services. Throughout her life and career, she has devoted herself to civil rights and to public service. At the Department of Homeland Security, Margo served as the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and as Counsel to Secretary Janet Napolitano on civil rights matters. She also served as a Trial Attorney and Senior Trial Attorney within the U.S.