Cynthia NICKERSON – USA
Dr. Cynthia Nickerson is Deputy Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Nickerson advises the Chief Economist, the Secretary, and top policy officials regarding the economic implications of programs, regulations, and legislative proposals affecting the U.S. food system and rural areas. Dr. Nickerson’s career at USDA has spanned 20 years. Prior to joining USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist, she headed the Market and Trade Economics Division at USDA’s Economic Research Service and earlier served on the management team of ERS’ Resource and Rural Economics Division. In these leadership roles she oversaw and influenced research on a broad range of topics related to the agricultural economy, global markets and trade, rural economy, and resources and the environment. She served on the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers in 2013-2015. Dr. Nickerson received her Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, an M.S. in Environmental Studies from California State University, and a B.S. in Accounting from Towson University.