D. Leon King
D. Leon King has been with USDA since June 2007. He is the Director of the Office of Compliance, Policy and Training and formerly the Deputy Director, Office of Adjudication in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. King has more than 24 years of Federal civilian service and has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Justice as a civil rights practitioner.
As a civil rights practitioner, Mr. King served at various times as a counselor, trainer, and liaison for EEO field personnel, compliance officer and director of training. A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Mr. King earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from North Carolina Central University; and a Law Degree from George Washington University, National Law Center.
In 2003, he retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, at the rank of Major, after serving 21 years as a Transportation Officer. During his military service, Mr. King served as a Company Commander, Staff Officer, Executive Officer and Platoon Leader. During much of his military career, he also served as his unit’s Equal Opportunity Officer. Mr. King is a graduate of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).
Mr. King serves an adjunct professor of History at the Northern Virginia Community College in Woodbridge, Virginia, and has also taught at Graduate School USA, formerly the USDA Graduate School.