Office of the Chief Information Officer

United States Department of Agriculture

Telora T. Dean

Executive for IT Modernization

Telora T. Dean is the executive for IT Modernization. Prior to joining, OCIO, Ms. Dean was the Associate Administrator and Chief Operations Officer (AA/COO) for the Food and Nutrition Service. In this capacity she shared full responsibility with the Agency’s Administrator for the development, design, operation, and improvement of the strategies and systems that create and deliver the Agency’s programs and internal/external services through a $100B program and operations portfolio. As the AA/COO, she ensured the proper balance between efficiencies, effectiveness and results; creating maximum value for customers, stakeholders and taxpayers.

Before assuming the AA/COO helm, Ms. Dean served as the Agency’s Deputy Administrator for Management.  In this role, she effected a unified operation to deliver outstanding administrative services through the management of Human Resources, Acquisition Management, Operations and Facilities Management, Information Systems and Employee Engagement Initiatives.

Prior to joining FNCS, Ms. Dean provided executive leadership to a number of USDA agencies. As the Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service’s Chief Human Capital Officer, she was responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of human resource functions for three mission area agencies, supporting a customer base of over 16,000 employees nationally and abroad.  During her tenure as Rural Development’s Acting Deputy Administrator for Management, Ms. Dean was an executive principal in providing direction and oversight to a $628M annual budget and a $38B loan portfolio to support efficient program delivery and services to rural America.

Ms. Dean holds a Bachelor’s degree from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University and a Master’s degree from Marymount University.  She counts Harvard University, American University, and the Brookings Institute, as organizations in her accomplished executive toolkit.