Cindy Long

Cindy Long

Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Cindy Long was appointed as Administrator of USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) on Sept. 13, 2021. Ms. Long previously served as the Deputy Administrator for FNS Child Nutrition Programs. She was responsible for all aspects of federal administration of the child nutrition programs, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. In this role she has led FNS’ implementation of the most significant restructuring of these programs in a decade.

Ms. Long has also served FNS in other roles, including leadership of FNS regional offices and research and analysis initiatives in support of domestic nutrition assistance programs. She has vast experience in budget and appropriations issues, including several years with the Office of Management and Budget. She also has extensive experience in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Ms. Long has a MPA in public policy and economics from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and a BA in economics from the University of Notre Dame. She has received numerous recognitions and awards, including multiple USDA Honor Awards.