President


Garry Lee

Michigan 

 

Garry Lee was selected as the State Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Michigan in 2007.  Garry has worked for NRCS for 36 years including service in New York and New Jersey.  He was the Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in New Jersey prior to his selection as State Conservationist for Michigan.


While serving as State Conservationist in Michigan, Lee served details to national headquarters to act in several senior executive positions. From 2010-2012, he served as Acting Division Director for Easements, Acting Director of the Financial Assistance Programs Division, Acting Associate Deputy Chief for Management, and Acting Deputy Chief for Management.  During 2017, he served as Acting Director of the Civil Rights Division.


Garry began his NRCS career in 1984 as an engineering student trainee in upstate New York.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural engineering technology from Fort Valley State University in Georgia.  Following graduation, he served as a Soil Conservationist in multiple locations in New York and later as a District Conservationist in several locations in New Jersey.


In 2002, he began working at the New Jersey state office in Somerset where he served as the Assistant State Conservationist for Programs until 2004.  He then served as Assistant State Conservationist for Operations in New Jersey from 2004 to 2007. Garry also served as the Acting State Conservationist for New York in 2006.  Garry grew up on a beef farm in Harlem in east central Georgia.

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