Doug O`Brien, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs, for the White House Domestic Policy Council
Vernon and Doug discussed Rural Impact, and other rural development initiatives. Doug O’Brien has served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs since January 2015. Before that time and since March of 2009, O’Brien served in a number of leadership capacities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, including as the Acting Under Secretary for the Rural Development Mission Area. At the White House, he helps lead the work of the White House Rural Council, which President Obama created in 2011 to encourage interagency cooperation and improve the effectiveness of federal programs in rural areas. Recently, the Council announced Rural Impact, an effort focused on rural child poverty. This work builds on O’Brien’s leadership in rural community economic development that has focused on both emerging opportunities and in impoverished areas.