FLORENCE – Francis Marion Alum Stacey Brayboy (’94) has come a long way since serving as vice president of the FMU student body. Brayboy was recently appointed to serve as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
FNS provides children and needy families with better access to food and a healthful diet through its 15 nutrition assistance programs. As chief of staff, she will manage the daily priorities of FNS including working with senior department officials, leaders of stakeholders groups, trade associations and other federal agencies.
“Since graduating from college, I have always been committed to public service and giving back to the community,” said Brayboy. “This position underscores my commitment to public service and helping communities across the country. Coming from a small town like Manning, I always hoped to make a difference. I am blessed to have that opportunity.”
Brayboy was most recently the director of Economic and Community Development for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where she served as a member of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food task force. In that position, she worked with small communities across the country to meet economic development challenges, within local and regional food systems. She has experience in all levels of government extending over 13 years.
Brayboy also served as a member of the transition team for President Obama and Vice President Biden. Prior to joining the transition team, she worked on the Obama campaign as South Carolina and Virginia state director during the primary campaign season. She also served as deputy director in Indiana and Virginia during the general election campaign. Prior to joining the Obama campaign, Brayboy served as the deputy director of the Virginia Council on Human Rights for the Commonwealth of Virginia. While living in Atlanta, Brayboy worked for U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and the city of Atlanta government. She served on the staffs of former South Carolina U.S. Senator Fritz Hollings, former Congressman Robin Tallon and current Sixth District Congressman James E. Clyburn.
Brayboy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from FMU and a master’s degree in public administration from Clark Atlanta University.