Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
As Associate Administrator, Mr. Whitley oversees all the trade policy, market intelligence, and commodity analysis activities for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. Prior to his role as Associate Administrator, Mr. Whitley served as the Deputy Administrator of the Office of Global Analysis where he was responsible for leading FAS analysis on the global agricultural supply and demand situation and provided commodity analytical support to the Office of the Chief Economist as a key member of USDA’s economic intelligence system. Daniel began his professional career with USDA in 1997 with the Economic Research Service. He started with FAS in 2001 and has worked in several capacities including senior economist, Deputy-Director of Trade Analysis, and Director of Civil Rights. In 2006, Daniel was selected as a Brookings Fellow and worked in the United States Senate on Farm Bill issues. Daniel is Louisiana native and holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Southern University in Baton Rouge and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from Louisiana State University. He currently lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.