Jacqueline Davis-Slay


Deputy Director, Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement

In 2019, Mrs. Jacqueline A. Davis-Slay assumed the position of Deputy Director for the Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). The office was established to rapidly expand outreach to America’s agricultural community and facilitate greater access to USDA programs.  In addition, OPPE serves as the lead agent for USDA partnership and outreach activities with tasking and reporting authority to direct, coordinate and control all target programs.

She has over 20 years of Federal service with experience in legislative and policy development, statistical analysis, fiscal and program management, service delivery and marketing with a particular interest in developing innovative partnerships and opportunities to assist vulnerable populations, socially disadvantaged, beginning and limited resource producers.

Prior to OPPE, Mrs. Davis-Slay served as Director for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Office of Public and Private Partnerships. This office provides vision, expertise, and leadership to build NRCS’ public-private partnership program to advance conservation activities through strategic coordination and planning with other USDA agencies, customers, stakeholders and agricultural industries.  She also held the positions of USDA Senior Policy Advisor for the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative and Legislative Director for the Rural Development mission area, providing legislative guidance and direction for over 42 programs in three agencies.

In 2009, she served as Legislative Specialist for USDA’s Office of Congressional Relationship where she was one the primary liaison between the United States Congress and USDA.  She spent most of her career with NRCS, serving in a multitude of positions, such as Legislative Affairs Branch Chief, Acting State Conservationist, Program Manager, Program Analyst and Special Assistant.

A native of Port Gibson, MS, Mrs. Davis-Slay attained her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Alcorn State University in Agricultural Economics.  She is married to Denmark V. Slay and the mother of one son, Denmark V. Slay, II.