Davida Vanderpuye Tengey currently serves as the Acting Chief of Staff for NIFA. She began her federal service career at NIFA in 2009, where she has held several positions across the agency, including Program Assistant in Competitive Programs, Grants Management Specialist, Program Specialist in Animals Systems Division, National Science Liaison Program Specialist, International and Program and Visitors Coordinator and Policy Advisor (detail). Prior to joining NIFA, she garnered more than 10 years of experience in international development from the nonprofit sector as a Sr. Program Officer for NCNW International Development Center. In this capacity, she administrated multifaceted programs funded by USAID, U.S. State Department and the World Bank in Asia and Africa.
She received her B.S. degree from University of Maryland University College in Global Business and Public Policy and a minor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management. She has been a member of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD) since 2012.