Val Dolcini, California FSA state executive director, has been selected to serve as the new Farm Service Agency Administrator, USDA said Friday.
Dolcini will fill the spot left vacant by Farm Service Agency Administrator Juan M. Garcia, who had served in the role since July 2012. Garcia announced his retirement earlier this month.
Dolcini was appointed to his position as California director by President Obama in 2009, and served in the same position under President Clinton. In 2011, he served as the acting FSA Administrator in Washington, D.C.
Prior to his appointment, he worked for a Fortune 500 technology consulting firm and served on the staff of the California Governor, California Lt. Governor, and two California members of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A fifth-generation Californian and Yolo County native, Dolcini received a B.A. in History from San Francisco State University and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law.
Dolcini also attended the University of Uppsala in Sweden. He currently serves on the San Francisco State University Foundation Board of Directors.