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 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.
Associate Administrator Melissa Bailey
Dr. Melissa R. Bailey is an Associate Administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). In this position, Melissa supports the agency’s daily operations and program delivery, including the implementation of key commodity grading programs, market information services, and financial and technical assistance related activities. She also provides expertise and policy direction for USDA’s supply chain efforts and for agency-wide innovation initiatives. Melissa has also served in leadership positions in four different AMS programs since joining government service in 2010. Prior to joining USDA, Melissa worked in food and agriculture business consulting and academia.
Melissa holds a B.S. in Biology from Northeastern University, a M.S. in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and a Ph.D. in Nutrition (focus on Agricultural Policy) from Tufts University’s School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Deputy Associate Administrator Lorenzo Tribbett
Lorenzo A. Tribbett began his career with USDA in 2001 as the PACA Branch’s first training coordinator in the Washington, D.C. office. Since then, he has held several positions including Deputy Director of the PACA Branch and in October 2012 he was named as the first Director of the newly established Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) Division. In July 2019, he assumed one of the Specialty Crops Program’s Associate Deputy Administrator positions and now holds the position of Deputy Associate Administrator in AMS. He is a retired United States Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (E-9).
He holds a Master of Science Degree in Management from National-Louis University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, University College.