Bette Brand

Advisory Board
Bette Brand
Federal Representatives

Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Bette Brand has served as the Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development since February 2020. Before this appointment, Brand served as the Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator. Deputy Under Secretary Brand has supported the Rural Development mission through strong leadership, program stewardship, and also through partnerships within the federal family with sister agencies like SBA and DOE. Deputy Under Secretary Brand came to USDA in January 2018 after 35 years with Farm Credit of the Virginias, where she served as chief advocate for the agriculture industry and rural businesses. Throughout her career, Deputy Under Secretary Brand has prioritized promoting rural communities, having served on the Virginia Agribusiness Council, the Virginia Horse Council, the Virginia Cooperative Council, and the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom. Since her arrival to USDA, Deputy Under Secretary Brand has prioritized increasing rural America’s access to capital, investing in innovative technology, and helping businesses create jobs.