Administrator Bruce Summers
Bruce Summers currently serves as the Administrator for the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). In this position he works on policy issues and oversight of a variety of programs including grading of commodities such as meat, produce, dairy and cotton, the USDA Market News Service, and the National Organic Program.
Mr. Summers is a long time employee of the Agricultural Marketing Service with more than 30 years of experience. Prior to being named to the Administrator position he served in the Fruit & Vegetable Program Area of the Agricultural Marketing Service. Mr. Summers has a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maryland.
Associate Administrator/Chief Operating Officer Erin Morris
Erin Morris is the Associate Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). In this capacity, Erin is responsible for the formulation of operational policies and programs to carry out the broad agricultural regulatory, marketing, and inspection programs conducted by AMS.
Before being selected for this position, Erin served in a variety of other positions within AMS including serving in Commodity Procurement, Market News, Research and Promotion, and Country of Origin Labeling programs. Prior to joining the Federal government approximately 16 years ago, Erin worked in the foodservice distribution industry and was employed by one of the largest foodservice distributors in the country.
Erin is a Cum Laude graduate of the College of Agriculture at Texas A&M University. She resides in Fairfax Station, VA, with her husband and two children. In her spare time, Erin enjoys running, reading, and traveling.
Deputy Associate Administrator
Charles W. Parrott began his career with the Department of Agriculture in 1983 as a marketing specialist in the PACA Branch’s Washington, D.C. office. Since then, he has held a variety of positions including director of PACA’s southeast regional office, Assistant Chief of the PACA Branch and Associate Deputy Administrator of AMS’s Fruit and Vegetable Programs. In October 2012 he was named the Deputy Administrator of Specialty Crops Program, and now holds the position of Associate Deputy Administrator in AMS.
Chuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture and a minor in agricultural economics from Virginia Tech, and is a Senior Executive Fellow from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.