FSIS Deputy Administrator
Carmen Rottenberg was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at USDA in April 2016. In this position, she plays an integral role in ensuring that FSIS continues to fulfill its core mission to protect public health by keeping harmful meat, poultry, and processed egg products out of commerce and to keep consumers safe from foodborne pathogens.
Ms. Rottenberg has direct oversight of the Agency’s five year Strategic Plan and she oversees the development of the FSIS Annual Performance Plan each year. Prior to becoming Deputy Administrator, Ms. Rottenberg served as the Chief Operating Officer for FSIS. Since joining FSIS in 2007, she has served in various leadership roles in the Agency, including Deputy Director of the Civil Rights Staff and Chief of Staff to the Administrator.
Ms. Rottenberg holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from Hope College in Holland, MI and a JD degree from American University’s Washington College of Law. Ms. Rottenberg began her federal government career in the Federal Trade Commission’s Office of General Counsel, and prior to joining FSIS, Ms. Rottenberg was a law clerk at a small law firm in Fairfax, VA.