As Administrator of AMS, Anne Alonzo 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. From grading to gathering market information, local food to organic exports, AMS creates opportunities for American farms and businesses by offering services that support growth and economic development across the industry.
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. 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 one of the nation’s largest food companies. There, Alonzo led all global corporate affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax and trade, and health and wellness. She also held several senior positions in the public sector including serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Trade Administration, with the U.S. Department of Commerce and as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S.EPA) first Environmental Attaché to a U.S. Embassy--Mexico City. Alonzo began her career as environmental counsel with the U.S. EPA, 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 and representing 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; the U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal; the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico’s Outstanding Service Award in support of the North American Free Trade Agreement; the U.S. Trade and Development Agency “Exporter of the Year” Award, and the U.S. Civil Rights Excellence Award.