Anne L. Alonzo has forged a successful career at the highest levels of the private, not-for-profit and public sectors.
On May 6, 2013, Anne L. Alonzo was sworn in as Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), an Agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In this leadership role, Anne is responsible for the oversight of policies and programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops.
Prior to USDA, Anne served as Vice President, Global Public Policy, Corporate Affairs, at Kraft Foods, the nation’s largest food company. In this capacity, Anne led all global Corporate Affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax and trade and Health & Wellness. She also led the global issues management team. During this time, Anne was appointed as the first woman to lead the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF). WCF is an agriculturally based not-for-profit global organization, representing 85% of the global chocolate industry, working to advance a sustainable cocoa economy by supporting cocoa farmers education, field programs and scientific agricultural research.
In the not-for-profit sector, Anne served as Senior Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council and as an Officer to its Board of Directors. Washington, D.C. At the NFTC, Anne was integrally involved in the congressional passage of the Dominican Republic/Central America Free Trade Agreement (DR/CAFTA) and was part of the private sector leadership team promoting passage of the U.S. trade agreements with Panama, Peru and Colombia.
Prior to the NFTC, Anne held several senior positions in international relations and foreign affairs in the public sector. Anne was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce and prior to that, appointed Environmental Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Anne was a key player in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations. Anne began her career as an environmental counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection (EPA) Agency, Region V, Chicago, IL.
Anne has received many awards and distinctions, throughout her career, including being named by “Hispanic Business” magazine to its Corporate Elite Ranking, the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico’s Outstanding Service Award for her work in support of the NAFTA, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA) “Exporter of the Year” Award and the U.S. Civil Rights Excellence Award.
Anne earned her MBA and JD from the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, respectively.