The USDA appointed L’Tonya Davis its first permanent Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Thursday. Davis replaced Leslie Weldon, who was named acting CDIO in March 2022.
As CDIO, Davis will lead the USDA’s effort to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility across the USDA and will oversee the implementation of its first-ever DEIA Strategic Plan. She will work closely with executive leaders, employees, and staff experts to advance and sustain committed leadership and employee engagement.
“Throughout her career, Ms. Davis has demonstrated a strong commitment to hiring and developing a workforce that reflects the rich and diverse tapestry of America and to creating workplaces where everyone can thrive and achieve their full potential,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a statement. “As part of our commitment to provide equitable services and mission delivery to all, USDA is also focused on its greatest asset–its people. USDA is working to provide equitable service and mission delivery to all, including the dedicated employees who are at the heart of the service we aim to provide.”
Davis joined USDA after serving at the Food and Drug Administration where she most recently was director of the Office of Communications and Project Management in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs. Davis led the office’s strategic communications, public affairs, project management, and executive secretariat activities. She also served 10 years as the office’s official executive DEIA champion.
Davis replaced Leslie Weldon, who was named acting CDIO in March 2022.