- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
Following a national search, UC President Janet Napolitano named Humiston, currently the California state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, as her nominee for the post. Humiston has 25 years of experience working on agriculture, natural resources, sustainability and economic development in rural communities. President Obama appointed her to lead USDA Rural Development in California in 2009.
"I'm excited beyond belief," Humiston, a Sonoma County resident, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "This is such an opportunity to make a difference on many levels."
For ANR's Global Food Systems Forum held in Ontario in 2013, Humiston participated on the panel discussing implications and opportunities for California agriculture.
Humiston earned her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in environmental science, policy and management, her master's degree in international agricultural development from UC Davis and her bachelor's degree in animal science from Colorado State University.
UCOP news release: http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=18291.