Donald “DJ” LaVoy has been sworn in as USDA’s Rural Development Deputy Under Secretary.
“DJ LaVoy brings decades of leadership in economic development and affordable housing to this role and we are excited to welcome him to our USDA team,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “DJ has effectively led large-scale IT innovation, interagency relationships, and public-private partnerships to improve government customer service and the quality of life for Americans across the country.”
LaVoy has more than 22 years of experience working as a leader in affordable housing and economic development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most recently, LaVoy served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Real Estate Assessment Center. LaVoy partnered with all 58 State Housing Finance Agencies to lead the way in establishing a universal inspection standard for federally subsidized properties.
LaVoy started his career with the United States Marine Corps and is a marine aviator and combat veteran.
He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science Degree from Old Dominion University and his Master of Industrial Engineering from U.S. Army War College.