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Suzanne Palmieri

Suzanne Palmieri

Director of Strategic Initiatives, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems
Arizona State University
800 South Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281


  • Senior Global Futures Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Director of Strategic Initiatives, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems


Suzanne Palmieri is Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. Prior to joining ASU, Palmieri was Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Food institute.

She served for eight years at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in senior leadership positions from 2009 to 2017. As Chief of Staff to Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, she managed annual budget preparations, regulatory agendas, strategic planning and performance activities. She led the Office of Congressional Affairs during critical farm bill preparatory hearings. She served as Associate Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service where she coordinated USDA’s global food security efforts and trade facilitation work in developing countries and managed the trade promotion programs for U.S. agriculture. From 2016-17, she was Minister Counselor for Agriculture at the U.S. Mission for the United Nations in Rome, where she worked to reduce global hunger and improve food security with the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program and International Fund for Agricultural Development

Earlier in her career, Ms. Palmieri held senior positions at Peace Corps, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Senate.


  • Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School, University of Texas-Austin
  • BA, Vassar College