WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of John D. Brewer as the Associate Administrator for USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.

"John Brewer brings years of experience from his positions in both the private and public sectors," said Vilsack. "His expertise on U.S. intelligence policy and U.S.-Latin American relations will be helpful as FAS works to meet the challenges of expanding overseas opportunities for American agriculture and addressing global food security."

Brewer comes to USDA from the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, where he worked on a variety of intelligence and finance-related projects for the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and private-sector financial institutions such as Bank of America and Wachovia. He was also a Senior Analyst in the Office of Global Risk Assessments at the American International Group (AIG) where he was responsible for providing analysis on business risks and global threats to the AIG and its largest customers.

In addition to his private-sector experience, Brewer also brings with him more than a decade of experience in the federal government. He has served in the State, Treasury, and Defense departments, working on issues including U.S. policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. counter-narcotics policy, and anti-money laundering/counter terrorist financing programs.

Brewer holds Bachelor degrees in History and English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a Master's degree in Diplomatic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom. Brewer is a native of Florence, South Carolina.

FAS is responsible for USDA's international activities, including export credit guarantee programs, market development and international food aid programs, trade negotiations, the collection and analysis of market information, and international development efforts. The agency has 97 offices overseas that cover more than 154 countries.