Lea Claye first began her work experience with USDA in 2008 as a Biological Science Aid with the Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, MD. It’s here that she became interested in agriculture and subsequently became a USDA/1890 National Scholar during her undergraduate career at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.
As an 1890 Scholar, Lea worked with the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) throughout her college years on projects primarily with the Nutrition Marketing and Communication Division. She served as a Dietary Guidelines Public Comments Organizer, White House and USDA Blog drafter for Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative and the Apps for Healthy Kids competition, Super Tracker Test Case Organizer, and a tracker for MyPlate Media Coverage at the time of its release.
During this time, she also became interested in international development and public health. In 2011, she studied abroad at the University of Quebec at Montreal with a focus in International Agriculture and French. Less than two months later, she spent a semester studying in Seoul, South Korea at Korea University. This time, her academic focus was public health, maternal nutrition, epidemiology, and health policy. During summer 2012, Lea was accepted into the Minority Health International Research Training program where she spent 3 months in Montego Bay, Jamaica conducting a case study on the prevalence of repeat pregnancies among HIV positive women.
In May 2013, Lea graduated from North Carolina A&T State University with the highest honors for a Bachelors of Science in Food and Nutritional Sciences (Dietetics) and a certificate in Global Studies. Currently, she is the newest member of the Nutrition Promotion and Technical Assistance Division at the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
Lea is a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and looks forward to improving the health infrastructure and nutrition status of people across the world in developing countries.
- Location: Washington, D.C.