Denise K. Lovelady appointed state director for USDA Rural Development

November 14, 2017

The Trump administration recently appointed Denise K. Lovelady as the new state director for USDA Rural Development in Delaware and Maryland. Lovelady began her new role Nov. 13.

Lovelady brings over 20 years of executive and management experience in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, she served as district liaison for Maryland Congressman Andy Harris, covering the rural areas of Maryland's Eastern Shore. Her broad experiences, specifically in the areas of government, legislative affairs, public relations, economic development, agriculture, natural resources, real estate, and community outreach, provide an impressive foundation to be state director for USDA Rural Development. Her focus for the past several years has been understanding the issues that rural communities struggle with and working with all levels of government to find solutions that bring about economic opportunities while preserving the quality of family life in rural areas. A lifelong Maryland resident, she resides on Maryland's Eastern Shore near Easton.

As state director, Lovelady will use her leadership experience to oversee Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Delaware and Maryland.

Under the direction of Secretary Sonny Perdue, the USDA will always be facts-based and data-driven, with a decision-making mindset that is customer-focused. Perdue leads the USDA with four guiding principles: to maximize the ability of American agriculture to create jobs, sell foods and fiber, and feed and clothe the world; to prioritize customer service for the taxpayers; to ensure that the food supply is safe and secure; and to maintain good stewardship of the natural resources that provide us with a miraculous bounty. And, understanding that in a global economy, trade is of top importance, Perdue has pledged to be an unapologetic advocate for American agriculture.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; homeownership; community services such as schools, public safety and healthcare; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, go to