The Hon. Thomas Vilsack
Venture Partner, Sustainability
Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack is a Venture Partner in the Sustainability Practice of RIDGE-LANE LP.
Secretary Vilsack served eight years as the 30th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He worked diligently to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America. During his tenure, Vilsack fought to put Americans back to work and to create a strong and sustainable economy. Under his leadership, USDA supported America's farmers, ranchers and growers, who are driving the rural economy forward, provided food assistance to millions of Americans, carried out unprecedented conservation efforts, made record investments in our rural communities and helped provide a safe, sufficient and nutritious food supply for the American people.
Vilsack has been honored for his public service and work to advance American agriculture by the Congressional Hunger Center, Global Child Nutrition Foundation, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, National Corn Growers Association, American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union.
Prior to his cabinet appointment, he served two terms as the Governor of Iowa, as well as in the Iowa State Senate and as the Mayor of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Vilsack received his bachelor's degree from Hamilton College and his law degree from Albany Law School in New York.