President: Jeremy Wood (he/him)
Jeremy has been a part of the USDA family for over 21 years and works in the Office of the Secretary’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Office. Jeremy has worked in Civil Rights/Affirmative employment at several USDA Agencies and been involved with the LGBTQ+ Special Emphasis Program since its creation in 2009. Jeremy is currently serving as the President of Equality USDA, the LGBTQI+ Employee Resource Group, is co-leading USDA’s efforts to implement President Biden’s Executive Order on Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation, USDA’s Programmatic Equity work, and has served on USDA’s delegation of the White House Gender Policy Council.
Vice-President: Adriana Campagna (she/they)
Adriana is the Lower Willamette/North Coast Basin Engineer for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Oregon. They started their career with NRCS in July 2016 in California. Since starting her career, she has worked in two states in a variety of positions ranging from Field Office Engineer to State Wetland Engineer. She is an At-Large member of the Oregon Civil Rights Committee and was the
previously the Treasurer for Equality USDA.
Communications Director: Justin Fritscher (he/him)
Justin is the Public Affairs Section Chief for USDA’s Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, leading communications for USDA’s farm program agencies (Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency). He joined USDA in 2011, originally working for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Jackson, Mississippi. Justin is a Louisiana native and a Louisiana State University alumnus.
Secretary: Rachel Frei (she/her)
Rachel is a District Conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Chamberlain, South Dakota. She began her career as a soil conservationist in 2019. Prior to working for NRCS, Rachel received her master’s degree in agro-environmental science with research in soil physics and fertility from Aarhus University in Denmark. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and soil science from the University of Rhode Island.
Treasurer: Chris Nasados (he/him)
Chris is a Senior Program Specialist who has worked for the last thirteen years in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Office of the Food and Nutrition Service in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program Integrity. Prior to Federal service, he worked for the State of Pennsylvania for 10 years as both an Income Maintenance Caseworker and then as a Human Services Program Specialist.
Community Outreach & Engagement Committee Co-Chair: Cristina Miller (she/her)
Cristina is a health economist with Rural Development Innovation Center supporting the work of the USDA Rural Health Liaison. She has been part of the USDA family for 14 years. Prior to federal service, she was a golf pro and a German-to-English translator for the senior executives of a large German corporation in the U.S. She holds a M.A. in Political Science, a M.S. degree in Agricultural Economics, a certificate in agriculture health and safety, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics.
Community Outreach & Engagement Committee Co-Chair: Zephyr Usinger (they/them)
Zephyr is a Soil Conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at the Kealakekua field office on Hawaii’s Big Island. They started their federal career as a Pathways intern working in multiple field offices across the Hawaiian islands. They received their master’s degree in natural resource and environmental management at the University of Hawaii, Manoa on Oahu. Their family has lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for over 25 years and currently grow organic lettuce and dragon fruit.
Past President: Meghan Walter (she/her)
Meghan is an Environmental Engineer for NRCS’s West National Technology Support Center in Portland, Oregon. She provides technical expertise to the western 13 states in dam safety, hydrology, hydraulic and environmental engineering, and stream and wetland restoration. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, a master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Oregon and Iowa. Meghan served as the President of Equality USDA from 2018-2021.