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Renee Picanso
Associate Administrator

Renee Picanso began her employment with NASS in January 1979 and was selected as Associate Administrator in July 2014.

Her career with NASS began as a statistician in the Arkansas Field Office. She then served as a statistician in the Tennessee and Texas Field Offices, as the Deputy Director in the Indiana Field Office and as Director in the Colorado Field Office. Her Washington, DC headquarters experience includes working as a statistician in the Statistics Division and as an assistant to former NASS Administrator, Charles Caudill. Renee also served for two years as the Special Assistant to Administrator Cynthia Clark and was responsible for overseeing strategic planning, performance measurement, continuous process improvement, outreach and special projects for the agency. Most recently, she served as Director of the Census and Survey Division (CSD). In this role, she oversaw the Census of Agriculture, Survey Administration, Survey Sampling, Data Collection, and List Frame activities.

Renee grew up in North Carolina and Texas, graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. degree in Agricultural Economics, and is a 2004 graduate of USDA’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

Last modified: 06/30/11