Kevin Concannon, MSW
Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services, USDA
Kevin Concannon was nominated by President Obama and Secretary Vilsack and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2009 to serve as Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services and the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Working in partnership with State and local organizations, FNS oversees the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program; child nutrition programs including National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Summer Food Service Programs; The Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); the Commodity Supplemental Food Program; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations; The Emergency Food Assistance Program; and other nutrition programs. One in four Americans are now served by FNS programs.
Under Secretary Concannon has had a lengthy and distinguished career in public service. He has served as Director of State Health and Human Services departments in Maine, Oregon, and Iowa.
He has served in a number of national organizations, including serving as President of the American Public Welfare Association, President of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, trustee of the American Public Human Services Association, and board member of the American Humane Association.
He has received a number of awards, including the Lifetime Human Services Award from the American Public Human Services Association in 2007, 2012 Catholic Charities USA Keep the Dream Alive Award, and the 2012 National WIC Association Leadership award.
He is a native of Portland, Maine, and received both his both Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees from Saint Francis Xavier University. He was awarded a Doctor of Laws Degree honoris causa by Saint Francis Xavier University in 2013.