Robert Tse is a Community Planning and Development Specialist with USDA Rural Development. He is responsible for developing regional rural economic development strategies in California including integrating policies, resources and initiatives through federal, state, local government and public-private partnerships. He is the USDA lead for the Strong Cities – Strong Communities White House pilot initiative in Fresno. Prior to this position he was an international consultant focusing on food and agriculture; served as the Deputy Director for International Trade in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and simultaneously served as Deputy Secretary for Trade Development with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) He also served on the Governor’s California Recovery Task Force on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from 2009-10. He was the Director of Trade for CDFA and is a 17 veteran of the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). Robert Tse holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Boston College Law School, a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and Bachelor of Arts degree in American History from Brown University. He was a California Agricultural Leadership, D.C. Fellow and International Career Advancement Program Fellow. He is a member of the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, World Affairs Council of Sacramento and Board of Advisors to Drexel University Sacramento Center for Graduate Studies.