USDA Announces Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety

The announcement of Sandra Eskin accompanied appointments of other key staff.

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced the names of individuals who will hold senior positions in Washington, D.C.
Sandra Eskin was named deputy under secretary for food safety. Eskin comes to USDA from The Pew Charitable Trusts where she served as the project director for food safety. Prior to joining Pew, she was a public policy consultant to consumer and public interest organizations, providing strategic and policy advice on a range of consumer protection issues, including food safety, dietary supplement safety and food and drug labeling and advertising. Eskin held the roles of federal government staff attorney and legislative representative for the Consumer Federation of America and served as deputy director of the Produce Safety Project, a Pew initiative at Georgetown University. She has served on numerous federal advisory committees and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and her juris doctor from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.

“Sandra’s deep experience in food safety will strengthen USDA’s dedication to ensuring a safe, secure food supply for consumers and help to protect the safety of federal meat inspectors and workers throughout the food chain,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack.

USDA also announced that Eyang Garrison was named chief of staff in the Office of the Deputy Secretary, Jeremy Adamson was named policy advisor for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs in the Foreign Agricultural Service and Edyael Casaperalta was named senior policy advisor for the Rural Utilities Services agency.

“We are honored to have professionals of the caliber of Eyang, Jeremy and Edyael join our team,” said Vilsack. “Their talents will help us build back a stronger, more nimble and more equitable USDA that serves all Americans.”