Dr. Catherine Woteki is Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, and the Department's Chief Scientist. In that role, she has developed the Office of the Chief Scientist, the USDA Science Council and other coordinating programs. She has also been called upon to lead scientific delegations to China and the first Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists, held under the auspices of the G-20 leader, Mexico. Dr. Woteki is an advocate for building the platforms needed to enhance domestic and international agricultural research.
Prior to joining USDA, Dr. Woteki served as Global Director of Scientific Affairs for Mars, Incorporated, where she managed the company's scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety. From 2002-2005, she was Dean of Agriculture and Professor of Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. Dr. Woteki served as the first Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from 1997-2001, where she oversaw U.S. Government food safety policy development and USDA's continuity of operations planning. Dr. Woteki also served as the Deputy Under Secretary for REE at USDA in 1996.