The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) CEO, Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, J.D. (Colville) is appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Equity Commission to address historical discrimination against minority farmers within USDA.
Stanger-McLaughlin contributes many years of experience as a newly appointed member of the USDA Equity Commission.
In her previous role working in the USDA Office of Civil Rights, Stanger-McLaughlin was engaged in the Keepseagle v. Vilsack class action litigation; the settlement of those civil rights and access to credit claims ultimately led to the creation of NAAF, of which Stanger-McLaughlin currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer.
“I am both honored and humbled to be selected to serve on the Equity Commission. Service to others is a fundamental part of my cultural upbringing, and I believe this effort will go beyond simply amplifying issues that need to be changed and instead identify actionable solutions to make institutional changes. I want to bring a unique perspective as an agricultural advocate to my role on this commission,” says Stanger-McLaughlin.