Administrator, Western Regional Office, USDA Food & Nutrition Service
Allen Ng has been Regional Administrator of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Western Regional Office (WRO), based in San Francisco, since September 1997. He served as the WRO Deputy Regional Administrator from 1990 to 1997. During that period he was also Acting Regional Administrator of FNS's Northeast Regional Office in Boston, from June to September 1995.
WRO administers federal nutrition assistance programs (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs, and WIC) in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Additionally, WRO has a number of agreements with individual Indian tribes, and groups of tribes, who administer their own federal nutrition assistance programs. Nationally, federal expenditures for nutrition assistance totaled $103.3 billion in fiscal year 2011; program expenditures in the Western Region were $18.6 billion.
Mr. Ng began his federal service with FNS in 1974 and has worked in both the SNAP and Child Nutrition programs. He served as director of the SNAP from 1984 to 1990.
Upon graduation from Harvard University in 1970, Mr. Ng entered the Peace Corps, serving in Nepal from 1970 to 1973 as an agricultural extension agent. While working full-time at FNS, he earned his MBA at the University of California at Berkeley in 1982.
He is a native of Brooklyn, New York.