Nivory Gordon became Alabama’s first Black director of USDA Rural Development on Wednesday, following his appointment by President Joe Biden. 

An Alabama A&M grad and a native of Wilcox County in Alabama’s Black Belt, Gordon has served 34 years at USDA and brings a wealth of experience and respect. 

“With over 30 years of experience with USDA, Mr. Gordon is a trailblazer whose expertise will be critical as we uplift our farmers and rural communities, many of which have been historically left behind and are in need of a champion who knows their needs,” said Alabama Rep. Terri Sewell. “For the past 10 years, I have worked with Mr. Gordon on a number of projects including the 2011 Choctaw County Water Project, the Lowndes County Water Project, and the 2019 Gordonville Town Hall Project.”

Gordon has held a number of high-ranking positions within USDA, Assistant County Supervisor, Construction Analyst, Rural Development Specialist, Area Specialist, and most recently Area Director.


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