Dona M. Marshall
Chief, Employment Investigation Division.

Doña M. Marshall

Doña M. Marshall joined the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in October 2012, and currently serves as the Chief for Employment Investigation Division. As the division responsible for processing EEO complaints USDA-wide, her overarching goal is the fair and equitable treatment of each customer, as it conducts thorough investigations. Her career with the federal government spans a period of over thirty years.

Doña began her federal career with the Small Business Administration as a stay-in-school student, while attending Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.  Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology, she worked as a U.S. Marshal for the Department of Justice. In 1987 she took a position with the Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract and Compliance Programs, at the Philadelphia area office. From 1999-2004, Dona was employed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission as an EEO Specialist. She then worked for the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in the Philadelphia District Office.

In pursuit of greater challenges and other job opportunities, Doña accepted the position of Branch Chief for the Environmental Health and Safety Branch with FSIS in 2007, while still assisting employees. She later became the EEO Manager for Rural Development’s Civil Rights Division from 2008-2011, where she supervised the processing of employment complaints. Collectively, these job duties allowed her to develop and fine-tune her supervisory and counseling skills in a variety of areas, including mediation, EEO training and compliance reviews.

Doña has also served as the Acting Program Lead for the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Advocacy and Outreach, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers Program (2501 Program).  This program awards grants to persons whose members have been subjected to racial or ethnic prejudice without regard to their individual identity.