In September 2017, Sonia Jimenez became the Deputy Administrator for the Specialty Crops Program. Sonia began her USDA career over 25 years ago as a Marketing Specialist with AMS, supporting the Agency’s Marketing Order and Research and Promotion Divisions. She then moved to the Foreign Agricultural Service, where she worked for eight years. She returned to AMS in 2006 as the Director of the Promotion and Economics Division, and in 2013 she served as the Agency’s acting Deputy Associate Administrator. Sonia spent the last three years as Deputy Administrator for the AMS Management and Analysis Program.
Prior to becoming a civil servant, Ms. Jimenez worked as Director of Syndicated Programs for a private market research and consulting firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ms. Jimenez holds a Master of Business Administration from the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico.