On May 6, 2013, Anne L. Alonzo became the Administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) agency of the USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area. She is responsible for the oversight of AMS policies and programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber, and specialty crops.
Alonzo brings a range of private, public, and not-for-profit business experience to her position as AMS Administrator. She served as Vice President, Global Public Policy, Corporate Affairs, at Kraft Foods, the nation’s largest food company. In this capacity, Alonzo led all global corporate affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax and trade, and health & wellness. Prior to this position, she held several senior positions in the public sector, which included serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, with the U.S. Department of Commerce, and was appointed Environmental Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Alonzo began her career as environmental counsel with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago.
In the not-for-profit sector, Alonzo served as Senior Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and as an Officer to its Board in Washington, D.C. At the NFTC, she was involved in the congressional passage of the Dominican Republic/Central America Free Trade Agreement, and was part of the private sector leadership team promoting passage of the U.S. trade agreements with Panama, Peru and Colombia.
Alonzo was the first woman to lead the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an agriculturally based, non-profit organization that promotes a sustainable cocoa economy by supporting cocoa farmers, education, field programs and scientific agricultural research. The WCF represents almost 100 members constituting more than 85 percent of the global chocolate industry.
Alonzo has received numerous awards. Notably, she was named by “Hispanic Business” magazine to its Corporate Elite Ranking; she received the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, and the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico’s Outstanding Service Award for her work in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement; she was awarded the U.S. Trade and Development Agency “Exporter of the Year” Award, and the U.S. Civil Rights Excellence Award.
Trained as an attorney, Alonzo earned her MBA and JD from the University of Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, Kent College of Law, respectively.