Biography: Daniel B. Whitley

Daniel Whitley is the associate administrator of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). In this capacity, he is responsible for advising the presidential administration on trade policy issues to support U.S. agriculture. Whitley has more 20 years of experience working on agricultural trade issues, including serving on trade negotiating teams in the World Trade Organization (WTO), directing trade analysis to support opening export markets and representing U.S. agriculture in international organizations. He played a lead role in advising the presidential administration on renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  Whitley began his USDA career at the Economic Research Service (ERS), where he worked on market access issues for U.S. agricultural products. Whitley is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and earned 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.