The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the appointment of L’Tonya Davis as its first permanent chief diversity and inclusion officer.

She will lead the USDA in its ongoing efforts to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and oversee the implementation of the department’s DEIA Strategic Plan.

She joins the USDA after serving at the Food and Drug Administration, where she most recently was director of the office of communications and project management in the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). Davis led ORA’s strategic communications, public affairs, project management, and executive secretariat activities.

Davis will replace Leslie Weldon, who was named acting chief diversity and inclusion officer in March 2022.