Offices & officials
FCA's employees work together to ensure that the Farm Credit System remains a dependable source of credit for agriculture and rural America. The agency has two primary responsibilities:
- Issuing regulations and other guidance for FCS institutions to follow
- Examining FCS banks and associations to ensure their safety, soundness, and compliance with laws and regulations
The Office of Regulatory Policy performs the first responsibility, and the Office of Examination, with its five field offices, performs the second. The other offices support the agency in meeting its mission. FCA has approximately 300 full- and part-time employees.
See detailed descriptions below. We also provide a chart showing the organization of the agency.
The FCA board manages, administers, and establishes policies for FCA. The board approves the policies, regulations, charters, and examination and enforcement activities that ensure a strong FCS. The board also provides for the examination and supervision of the FCS, including Farmer Mac, and oversees the activities of the FCS Building Association, which acquires, manages, and maintains FCA headquarters and field office facilities.
The chairman of the FCA board serves as the chief executive officer (CEO). The CEO enforces the rules, regulations, and orders of the FCA board. He or she directs the implementation of policies and regulations adopted by the FCA board. The Office of the Chief Executive Officer plans, organizes, directs, coordinates, and controls FCA's day-to-day operations and leads the agency’s efforts to achieve and manage a diverse workforce. Vincent G. Logan is the board chairman and CEO.
The Office of the Chief of Staff was established by the FCA board in April 2023. The chief of staff works closely with the board chairman and CEO, the board, and the senior leadership team to advance the agency's mission. Reporting to the chief of staff are the Offices of Agency Services, Chief Financial Officer, Congressional and Public Affairs, Data Analytics and Economics, Examination, Information Technology, and Regulatory Policy, as well as the chief risk officer. In addition, the chief of staff oversees the development and implementation of the agency’s operating and budget plans, and proposes new program initiatives to satisfy the agency’s mission requirements and the objectives of the CEO.
Maribel Duran is chief of staff. She joined the agency in June 2023 after serving as deputy chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack and as acting chief of staff to USDA Acting Deputy Secretary Kevin A. Shea. In these roles, she led the people and culture efforts and the implementation of the management and operational priorities for the agency’s 100,000 employees and $200 billion budget. Before joining USDA, she was the inaugural managing director for equity and inclusion for the Aspen Institute and chief of staff for its Leadership Division. Ms. Duran served eight years at the U.S. Department of Education in the Obama administration. In 2009, she was special assistant to former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Later, she served as chief of staff for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and was chief of staff for the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Ms. Duran also served as a member of the White House Council on Women and Girls Federal Taskforce, and as a member of the Education Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. She began her career with the Chicago Public Schools system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature and an honorary doctorate in education from Southern New Hampshire University and is the first Latina trustee of Southern New Hampshire University.
The Office of Agency Services manages and delivers human capital, operational, and workforce development for the agency. The office consists of three service delivery teams: Human Resources Division, Operations Division, and Learning and Organizational Change Team. Services provided include strategic human capital management, recruiting, workforce planning, succession management, staffing and placement, job evaluation, compensation and benefits, payroll administration, performance management, awards, employee relations, employee training and development, property management, personnel security, continuity of operations and emergency preparedness, supply services, and mail service.
Vonda Bell is FCA’s chief human capital officer and the director of the Office of Agency Services. You can read more about Ms. Bell on our Meet our leaders page.
The Office of the Chief Financial Officer supports FCA’s operations by providing financial management policy advice, reporting the agency’s financial results, and facilitating the agency’s strategic planning efforts. The office manages the agency’s compliance with federal financial management requirements. It also reports on the accuracy and propriety of transactions, the extent to which assets are accounted for and safeguarded, and the adequacy of internal controls to detect and prevent material financial misstatements. It oversees the agency’s budget, the investments committee, the FCS assessments, and the agency’s purchasing, credit card, and travel/relocation programs. It also facilitates the agency’s risk management and internal control efforts to help ensure operational and fiscal effectiveness and efficiency.
Sandi Walters is chief financial officer and director of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. She was named to this position in January 2022. Ms. Walters has had many years of experience in the federal government, including five years with the U.S. Census Bureau as finance officer and eight years with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, where she served as deputy CFO and later as CFO. She also worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for more than 12 years, serving first as chief of the Accounting Operations Division and later as chief of the Business Management Fund Division. Ms. Walters holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.
The Office of Congressional and Public Affairs serves as the agency’s principal point of contact for Congress, the media, other government agencies, FCS institutions, employees, System borrowers, and the public. The office develops and monitors legislation pertinent to FCA and the FCS, serves as the agency’s congressional liaison, facilitates intergovernmental relations, and prepares testimony for the chairman and other board members. It also provides information to external audiences through news releases, fact sheets, reports, videos, and other publications. The office cultivates relationships with media representatives who report on matters related to agriculture and rural credit, and it manages the content of the FCA website and social media channels. It also organizes special meetings, briefings for international visitors, and field hearings.
Trevor Reuschel is director of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs. Before joining FCA, Mr. Reuschel served as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois. Before this, he served as chief of staff to then-U.S. Department of Agriculture Acting Deputy Secretary Michael Scuse. He also held roles as senior policy advisor and deputy assistant secretary for congressional relations in the Office of the Secretary at USDA. From 2008 to 2015, Mr. Reuschel served as a staffer in the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois.
The Office of Data Analytics and Economics evaluates strategic risks to the System and agency using data, analytics, economic trends, and other risk factors. Its staff members serve as stewards for agency data and provide information to the board and management for objective, evidence-based decision-making across FCA. The office facilitates an agencywide strategy for analytics and collaborates on business intelligence tools and the development of models to meet the strategic needs of the agency.
Jeremy D’Antoni is the agency’s chief data officer and director of the Office of Data Analytics and Economics. He was named to these positions in 2019. Since joining FCA in 2015, Mr. D’Antoni has helped the agency evaluate risks to agribusinesses and lenders by tracking commodity markets, farm policy, and rural economic issues. He has also helped improve the data analytics FCA uses to measure the System’s service to young, beginning, and small farmers and ranchers. Mr. D’Antoni is a CFA charterholder and holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics and an undergraduate degree in finance from Louisiana State University.
The Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Inclusion manages and directs the agencywide diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity (EEO) program for FCA and FCSIC. The office serves as the chief liaison with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Office of Personnel Management on all EEO, diversity, and inclusion issues. The office provides counsel and leadership to agency management to carry out its continuing policy and program of nondiscrimination, affirmative action, and diversity.
Thais Burlew is director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Inclusion. You can read more about Ms. Burlew on our Meet our leaders page.
The Office of Examination is responsible for examining and supervising each FCS institution in accordance with the Farm Credit Act and applicable regulations. The office develops oversight plans; conducts examinations; monitors the System’s condition and current and emerging risks to the System; and develops supervisory strategies to ensure that the FCS operates in a safe and sound manner, complies with the law and regulations, and fulfills its public policy purpose. For more information about the role of the Office of Examination, read Examination Philosophy (Word) (Board Policy Statement FCA-PS-53).
Mike Duffy was named chief examiner and director of FCA’s Office of Examination in February 2022. In that role, he is responsible for directing the examination and supervision of Farm Credit System institutions as well as monitoring the System’s condition and performance. Prior to that, Mr. Duffy served as OE’s credit program manager and was responsible for coordinating credit examination activities, credit guidance, and training. He joined FCA in 1989 and subsequently served as an examiner-in-charge and supervisory examiner. He has also worked on numerous agency projects and spent two years as a senior policy analyst in the Office of Regulatory Policy. Mr. Duffy grew up on a grain and livestock farm in northeast Iowa and received a Bachelor of Science in agricultural business from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota.
The Office of General Counsel provides the FCA board and staff with legal counsel as well as guidance on the Farm Credit Act and general corporate, personnel, ethics, and administrative matters. The office supports the agency’s development and promulgation of regulations, enforcement of applicable laws and regulations, and implementation of conservatorships and receiverships. It represents and advises the agency on civil litigation. It also serves as the liaison to the Federal Register, administers the agency’s ethics program, and handles Freedom of Information Act requests.
David Grahn is the FCA general counsel and director of the Office of General Counsel. He was named general counsel in July 2023 when he returned to FCA after serving for two years as principal deputy counsel in USDA’s Office of General Counsel. In that role, Mr. Grahn helped implement provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act, which provided $3.1 billion for loan modifications to help distressed borrowers in the direct and guaranteed loan programs of USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Mr. Grahn first came to FCA in 2018, serving as associate general counsel and later as director of the Office of Regulatory Policy. Before joining FCA, he served for 30 years at USDA, primarily in the Office of General Counsel. During this period, he worked on the 1990, 1996, 2002, 2005, and 2014 farm bills. Mr. Grahn holds a juris doctorate from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Carleton College.
The Office of Information Technology supports the information, solutions, and IT infrastructure that empower FCA to fulfill its mission. It is a respected partner in fulfilling FCA’s mission through innovative solutions. The office is responsible for protecting agency technology assets, planning and controlling information technology investments, leading change to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of agency operations, and maintaining compliance with IT regulatory mandates. It is responsible for continuing to leverage FCA’s investment in technology by collaborating across agency offices to identify and re-engineer business applications, data systems, and processes.
Jerald Golley is chief information officer (CIO) and director of the Office of Information Technology. Before joining FCA in November 2015, Mr. Golley had 25 years of IT management experience. Most recently, he was the deputy CIO for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for six years. In 1996, he founded AMI Technical Consultants, Inc., a software development, internet hosting, and technical consulting company based in Denver; he served as chief executive officer there until 2009. He began his career as a programmer and geographic information system specialist at American Management Systems in Rosslyn, Virginia, where he worked from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Golley served in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army based out of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, from 1982 to 1984. He holds a bachelor's degree in geography, with a minor in computer science from the State University of New York at Oneonta, as well as a Master of Arts in geography and geographic information systems from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
The Office of Inspector General provides independent and objective oversight of agency programs and operations through audits, inspections, evaluations, investigations, and the review of proposed legislation and regulations. The office promotes economy and efficiency within FCA and seeks to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in the agency’s programs and operations.
Wendy Laguarda is inspector general. From May 2015 to July 2017, Ms. Laguarda served as executive assistant to the FCA board chairman and chief executive officer. She joined FCA's Office of General Counsel in 1990, eventually becoming assistant general counsel and the designated agency ethics official. She served as legal counsel for personnel issues and undertook assignments on rulemaking and policymaking. Before coming to FCA, Ms. Laguarda was an attorney adviser at the Office of Thrift Supervision and its predecessor agency, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board. In 1995 and again in 2004, she was detailed to the White House Counsel’s Office for brief periods to work on ethics issues. A graduate of Tufts University and George Washington University National Law Center, she is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and is a mediator certified by the Supreme Court of Virginia.
The Office of Regulatory Policy manages policy and regulation development activities, at the direction of the FCA board, to ensure the safety and soundness of the FCS and support the System’s mission. Policy and regulation development activities include the analysis of policy and strategic risks to the System on the basis of economic trends and other risk factors. The office also evaluates all regulatory and statutory prior approvals for System institutions on behalf of the FCA board, including chartering and other corporate approvals as well as funding approvals.
Kevin Kramp is director of the Office of Regulatory Policy. He was named to this position in January 2021. Mr. Kramp joined FCA in 2015 as executive assistant to Board Member Jeff Hall. He served in that capacity until he was appointed acting deputy general counsel and later deputy general counsel. Before FCA, Mr. Kramp worked for many years on Capitol Hill. From 1991 to 1995, he worked for Congressman Jim Nussle and Congressman Bob Goodlatte. In 1996, Mr. Kramp joined the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture. He was named chief counsel of that committee in 2003, a year after earning his law degree from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. He holds a bachelor's degree from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa.
The Office of Secondary Market Oversight provides for the examination, regulation, and supervision of the activities of Farmer Mac to ensure its safety and soundness and the accomplishment of its public policy purpose as authorized by Congress. It also ensures that Farmer Mac complies with applicable laws and regulations, and it manages FCA’s enforcement activities with respect to Farmer Mac.
Thomas Fay was appointed director of FCA’s Office of Secondary Market Oversight in July 2023. Before joining FCA, he served a four-year stint at Wells Fargo as vice president for independent risk management. Mr. Fay began his career as a senior financial economic analyst with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1998 and has amassed more than 25 years of experience in risk management for investment banks and multinational capital markets. His experience includes senior leadership roles with several prominent banking, investment, and management firms, including ICAP, Credit Suisse, Bear Stearns, and Bank of America. He also served as capital markets director of risk and governance at Freddie Mac. Mr. Fay holds a master’s degree in international affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in international studies and economics, cum laude, from American University.
The chief risk officer works with agency leaders, the risk committee, and key staff to identify, assess, and mitigate risks to the fulfillment of the agency’s mission as regulator of the Farm Credit System, including Farmer Mac. To minimize the impact of risks, the chief risk officer develops and implements risk mitigation plans and controls. The chief risk officer collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that effective risk reduction measures are in place and provides timely reports to the board and executive leaders to support their decision making.
Robert Coleman is chief risk officer. He was selected for this position in the fall of 2023 when the FCA board established the position. Mr. Coleman first joined FCA in 1986 as an examiner in the Office of Examination. He held various positions in that office, providing technical and analytical support to FCA field offices and in the Policy Development and Planning Division. He completed the commissioning program and became a commissioned examiner in 1990. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Coleman worked in the Office of Policy Analysis as a policy analyst specializing in regulation development. In 2003, he became director of the agency’s Regulation and Policy Division and, in 2005, became director of the Office of Secondary Market Oversight. In 2010, he became FCA’s chief examiner and director of the Office of Examination. He served in this position until 2019, when he became the agency’s chief operating officer. Mr. Coleman holds the chartered financial analyst designation, which he earned from the CFA Institute in 2000.
The secretary to the board serves as the parliamentarian for the board and keeps permanent and complete records of the acts and proceedings of the board. He or she ensures that the board complies with statutory, regulatory, and internal operation reporting requirements. The secretary to the board also serves as secretary to the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation board. In addition, he or she serves as the Sunshine Act official for the FCA board.
Ashley Waldron became secretary to FCA board effective November 2021. She joined FCA in June 2009 in the Office of Examination, where she became a commissioned examiner. Before her current role, she served as the Office of Examination's director of operations since 2020. Ms. Waldron graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in finance. She also graduated with honors from the Pacific Coast Banking School, completed the Office of Personnel Management’s LEAD certificate program, and is a certified fraud examiner.
The designated agency ethics official (DAEO) is designated by the FCA chairman to administer the provisions of title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, to coordinate and manage FCA's ethics program and to provide liaison to the Office of Government Ethics with regard to all aspects of FCA's ethics program.
Jane Virga is the designated agency ethics official. As DAEO, Ms. Virga administers the ethics program for FCA and the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation. In addition to serving as DAEO, Ms. Virga is an assistant general counsel in the Office of General Counsel and the agency’s chief FOIA officer. She joined FCA in 1990 as an employee in the former Litigation and Enforcement Division. While at FCA, Ms. Virga has held the position of alternate DAEO, as well as deputy ethics official. Before joining FCA, she was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps, where she served as a prosecutor and later as an administrative law attorney. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Western New England University School of Law, and Georgetown Law School, she is a member of the Connecticut State Bar.
You can read more about Ms. Virga on our Meet our employees page.