Alexis Taylor was appointed Director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) by Governor Kate Brown in December 2016. As Director, she works with the governor and legislature as well as agricultural, conservation, and consumer groups to carry out the state’s agriculture policy. ODA has a three-fold mission of ensuring food safety and consumer protection, protecting natural resources, and marketing Oregon agriculture products around the state, country, and world.
Prior to Alexis’ appointment, she oversaw the US Department of Agriculture’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FFAS), which is comprised of the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Risk Management Agency (RMA), and Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Alexis worked to build new markets across the globe and improve the overall competitive position of US agricultural products in the marketplace.
Alexis also led the Women in Ag Initiative that was a driving force in USDA's mission to support the growing and diverse next generation of farmers and ranchers.
Before joining USDA, Alexis served for various members in the US House of Representatives and US Senate, and worked on the 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills.
Alexis served in the United States Army Reserves from 1998 to 2006. During that time, she completed one tour in Iraq with the 389th Combat Engineer Battalion.
Alexis is a graduate of Iowa State University and grew up on her family farm in Iowa, which has been in her family for more than 150 years.