Ramona E. Romero has been confirmed as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and once sworn in she will be the first Latina attorney to hold the position.

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Romero will manage the Office of the General Counsel and supervise the team of over 300 legal professionals that provides legal advice to the Secretary of Agriculture, other USDA officials and agencies. She has served on multiple boards and advisory committees, including the Hispanic National Bar Association where she held the positions of national president, president-elect, national vice president of external affairs and regional president. Romero received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.