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Our Leadership

Picture of Bruce SummersAdministrator 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.

Erin MorrisAssociate Administrator Erin Morris

Erin Morris is the Associate Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).  In this capacity, Erin is responsible for the administration and oversight of the broad range of agricultural regulatory, marketing, and inspection programs conducted by AMS. Before being selected for this position, Erin served in a variety of other leadership positions within AMS since joining the Agency approximately 20 years ago.  Prior to joining USDA, 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 horseback riding, reading, and traveling.

Picture of Randall JonesAssociate Administrator / Chief Operating Officer Randall D. Jones

Randall D. Jones is the Associate Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).  In this capacity, Randall 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, Randall served in a variety of other positions including Deputy Administrator, Fair Trade Practices Program, AMS, Deputy Administrator Federal Grain Inspection Program, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, Associate Deputy Administrator Livestock and Seed Program, AMS, and Assistant Administrator, Farm Service Agency. 

Randall began his career in 1985 as a County Executive Director, Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (now the Farm Service Agency), in Virginia.  Randall is a native of Grayson County in southwest Virginia, where he grew up on a beef cattle and dairy farm.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Dairy Science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Charles ParrotDeputy Associate Administrator Charles Parrott 

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 Deputy Associate 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.

Picture of Karen ComfortDeputy Associate Administrator/Deputy Chief Operating Officer Karen Comfort

Karen T. Comfort is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator/Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the Agricultural Marketing Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  In this role, Ms. Comfort leads the Agency’s overall direction, coordination and continuous evaluation of Agency operations, with special emphasis on new and emerging programs.  She spearheads the Agency’s strategic planning, civil rights and special emphasis planning, human capital and recruitment planning, and business process improvements and re-engineering.  She also oversees the Agency’s talent acquisition and development and serves as Chair of the Agency’s Recruitment and Hiring Functional Committee. As Chair, Ms. Comfort identifies and implements procedures to improve workforce diversity and retention of the best qualified employees through recruitment, outreach and employee development.   Ms. Comfort leads the Agency in employee engagement planning and execution.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Trinity Washington University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and was inducted into both the Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society and the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society.  She is currently enrolled in American University’s Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration Program.