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Secretary Ross applauds appointment of Maria Gallegos Herrera as USDA Rural Development State Director for California

President Biden has appointed Maria Gallegos Herrera as the USDA’s Rural Development State Director for California. Herrera grew up in the Central Valley, the daughter of farmworker parents, and served Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration as Central California Regional Director of External Affairs.

“I want to offer my most sincere congratulations to Maria on her appointment,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “She is a thoughtful, dedicated champion for our rural communities and farmworker families, and I know she will work tirelessly to bring investment in infrastructure and economic development to our most underserved rural areas.” 

Herrera worked at CDFA early in her career, serving as an agricultural aide from 2004-2007. 

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