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Foreign Ag Service administrator changes jobs; Heinen intermin leader

Foreign Agricultural Service administrator John Brewer will become special assistant to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on intelligence issues, Acting Undersecretary Michael Scuse told staff in an email.

Brewer will advise Vilsack on national security matters, Scuse said, including developing and implementing strategies and management guidelines for intelligence-related security matters.

Suzanne Heinen will serve as acting administrator of FAS. The changes are effective May 16.

Heinen has most recently served as FAS general sales manager and associate administrator, with oversight of the Office of Trade Programs and the Office of Capacity Building and Development, Scuse noted. As a member of the FAS Senior Foreign Service, Heinen was an attaché in China and Russia, agricultural counselor in Guatemala, agricultural minister counselor in Mexico, and agricultural counselor at the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

Heinen holds a bachelor of science degree in forest management from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in resource development and economics from Michigan State University.

FAS has faced continual leadership challenges during the Obama administration. Michael Michener, the first administrator, resigned and took a post as agriculture counselor at the U.S. Embassy to the food agencies in Rome, the job which Heinen held. She returned to Washington and was assigned to the Office of Global Food Security until being named general sales manager and associate administrator.