Obama To Nominate General Counsel at USDA


President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate Ramona Emilia Romero as General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Romero will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 


“For decades, Ramona Romero has provided sound legal oversight on a wide range of topics and it will be a privilege to have her join the USDA leadership team” said Vilsack. 


Romero is currently Corporate Counsel at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, where she provides legal oversight for the acquisition of transportation, distribution, supply-chain management, travel and energy resources, and manages related strategic litigation.  Since 2008, she has also served as General Counsel of Sentinel Transportation LLC, a DuPont joint venture. Romero has held other key positions at DuPont, including Corporate Counsel for complex commercial and antitrust litigation (1998-2002), and Corporate Counsel and Manager of Operations and Partnering (2005-2007).  In this last role, she directed all facets of DuPont Legal’s industry-leading partnering program and oversaw litigation-related operations.  


From 1988 to 1998, Romero was a commercial and white collar litigator at Crowell & Moring in Washington, DC.  She has served on several boards and been affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, both the House of Delegates and the Presidential Commission on Diversity of the American Bar Association, the Advisory Committee of The O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative at the University of Denver, and The Justice at Stake Campaign.  Romero is also the Immediate Past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and a founding member and officer of the Dominican American National Roundtable.  


Romero is the recipient of multiple honors, including the Lucero Award from Latino Justice PRLDEF (formerly known as the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund) and Hispanic Business Magazine’s recognition in 2007 as one of the 100 most influential Hispanics in the United States.  She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Source: USDA Office of Communications

Posted by Kaci Switzer

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