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Reconnecting, Rebuilding, Reimagining

The USDA-FNS SNAP Office of Employment and Training (E&T) is pleased to host the second SNAP E&T National Forum on December 13-14, 2022 at the Westin Alexandria in Alexandria, VA. Join fellow State agencies and SNAP E&T stakeholders as we gather together to build better SNAP E&T programs that lead with equity, create economic opportunity, and meet local workforce needs.

Who Should Attend?

National, Regional, and State agency representatives focused on administering, developing and implementing SNAP E&T programs. SNAP E&T stakeholders, such as those from workforce development, National organizations, human service and community-based organizations, and community colleges, are also welcome.

Forum Topic Areas:

  • SNAP E&T Policy
  • Expansion and Improvement of State SNAP E&T Programs
  • Advancing Equity
  • Program Operations, Monitoring, and Oversight
  • Effectively Reaching Customers

Featured Speakers

Stacy Dean
Deputy Under Secretary,
USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Bio
Stacy Dean was appointed by President Biden to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services where she will work to advance the President’s agenda on increasing nutrition assistance for struggling families and individuals as well as tackling systemic racism and barriers to opportunity that have denied so many the chance to get ahead.

Prior to joining President Biden’s Team at USDA, Dean served as the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  She directed CBPP’s food assistance team, which published frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities and developed policies to improve them.

In addition to her work on federal nutrition programs, Dean directed CBPP efforts to integrate the delivery of health and human services programs at the state and local levels. Before joining CBPP, she worked as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.

Dean earned her B.A. and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Katherine Thomas
Senior Professional Staff
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee

Bio
Katherine Thomas serves as senior professional staff on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry for Senator John Boozman (R-AR) covering nutrition and food aid issues. She previously served as a legislative assistant on the committee during the tenure of former Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), during the 2015 child nutrition reauthorization process and 2018 Farm Bill. Prior to joining the committee, Thomas served as a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) where she handled agriculture and trade for the senator. She also previously covered agriculture policy for then-Senator Roberts in his personal office. She served as deputy legislative director for Representative Tracey Mann (R-KS) and began her career as a staff assistant for then-Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS). A native of Wichita, Kansas, Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William & Mary.

Jennifer Tiller
Deputy Staff Director,
House Agriculture Committee

Bio

Jennifer Tiller serves as the Deputy Staff Director of the House Committee on Agriculture under the leadership of Ranking Member Glenn Thompson (R-PA). Previously, Tiller served as both Deputy Staff Director and Senior Professional Staff for Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). Tiller has worked on a variety of legislative efforts affecting U.S. agriculture and domestic nutrition programs, most notably the 2018 Farm Bill and various spending and pandemic-related packages.  A Syracuse, New York native, Tiller holds a Master of Public Administration from Marist College and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University.

Claire Borzner
Senior Professional Staff
Senate Agriculture Committee

Bio

Claire Borzner currently serves as Senior Professional Staff member for the Senate Agriculture Committee under the leadership of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. She focuses on nutrition and international food aid. She has also worked on a variety of other issues for the Committee including specialty crops, ag labor, and hemp. Prior to joining the Committee, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania leading his energy work on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. A New Jersey native, she is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Featured Speakers

Stacy Dean
Deputy Under Secretary,
USDA Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Bio
Stacy Dean was appointed by President Biden to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services where she will work to advance the President’s agenda on increasing nutrition assistance for struggling families and individuals as well as tackling systemic racism and barriers to opportunity that have denied so many the chance to get ahead.

Prior to joining President Biden’s Team at USDA, Dean served as the Vice President for Food Assistance Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP).  She directed CBPP’s food assistance team, which published frequent reports on how federal nutrition programs affect families and communities and developed policies to improve them.

In addition to her work on federal nutrition programs, Dean directed CBPP efforts to integrate the delivery of health and human services programs at the state and local levels. Before joining CBPP, she worked as a budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget.

Dean earned her B.A. and master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.

Katherine Thomas
Senior Professional Staff
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee

Bio
Katherine Thomas serves as senior professional staff on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry for Senator John Boozman (R-AR) covering nutrition and food aid issues. She previously served as a legislative assistant on the committee during the tenure of former Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS), during the 2015 child nutrition reauthorization process and 2018 Farm Bill. Prior to joining the committee, Thomas served as a legislative assistant in the office of U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) where she handled agriculture and trade for the senator. She also previously covered agriculture policy for then-Senator Roberts in his personal office. She served as deputy legislative director for Representative Tracey Mann (R-KS) and began her career as a staff assistant for then-Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS). A native of Wichita, Kansas, Thomas earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of William & Mary.

Jennifer Tiller
Deputy Staff Director,
House Agriculture Committee

Bio

Jennifer Tiller serves as the Deputy Staff Director of the House Committee on Agriculture under the leadership of Ranking Member Glenn Thompson (R-PA). Previously, Tiller served as both Deputy Staff Director and Senior Professional Staff for Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX). Tiller has worked on a variety of legislative efforts affecting U.S. agriculture and domestic nutrition programs, most notably the 2018 Farm Bill and various spending and pandemic-related packages.  A Syracuse, New York native, Tiller holds a Master of Public Administration from Marist College and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University.

Claire Borzner
Senior Professional Staff
Senate Agriculture Committee

Bio

Claire Borzner currently serves as Senior Professional Staff member for the Senate Agriculture Committee under the leadership of Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow. She focuses on nutrition and international food aid. She has also worked on a variety of other issues for the Committee including specialty crops, ag labor, and hemp. Prior to joining the Committee, she worked as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania leading his energy work on the Energy and Commerce Committee and as a Legislative Correspondent for Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania. A New Jersey native, she is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

Forum Location:

The Westin Alexandria Old Town
400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA 22314

Hotel rooms at the event location are sold out.

Overflow rooms are available at the Residence Inn Alexandria Old Town South at Carlyle

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