Biography: Mark Slupek

Mark Slupek, as deputy administrator of the Office of Trade Programs (OTP) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is responsible for leading the administration of programs that support private sector development of foreign markets for agricultural products, including the Market Access Program, the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program, the Emerging Markets Program, the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program and the Quality Samples Program.  Further, OTP manages the Export Credit Guarantee Program, the Facility Guarantee Program, the Dairy Export Incentive Program, two trade assistance programs for the textile industry and import programs for sugar and dairy.  OTP also conducts agribusiness trade missions, provides exporter assistance and supports selected international food shows.  OTP consists of five divisions and employs about 100 staff.  

Mark has worked with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) market development programs since 1997.  Prior to being named Deputy Administrator, he served as OTP’s Assistant Deputy Administrator, the Director of the Program Operations Division, the Deputy Director of the Processed Products Division, and the Deputy Director of the Marketing Operations Staff.  Long ago, Mark spent four years in the Fruit and Vegetable Program Area of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.  

He attended Virginia Tech and Old Dominion University and earned a master's degree in economics.  He currently lives in Stafford, Virginia, with his wife and three children.