2022 Apex Awardee - Blondel Brinkman

Blondel Brinkman is a senior staff economist with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) in Washington, DC.

After graduating in 2006 with a doctorate in Agricultural Economics, Dr. Brinkman moved to Washington DC to work with USDA APHIS as an economist in their Policy Analysis and Development unit, where she is still employed.  Dr. Brinkman is responsible for conducting economic and policy analyses that focus on Regulatory Impacts on Small Business Entities, Program performance measurement, and special studies.  She provides expert advice on socio-economic issues to program managers, senior leaders, and policymakers.  She is a mission-driven economist with expertise in various areas and over 15 years of experience with the Federal Government.  The position with APHIS has been both challenging and rewarding.  Dr. Brinkman has had the opportunity to work on various issues that are critical to the mission of the Agency, which is to protect the health and value of American Agriculture and natural resources. 

Before Purdue, Dr. Brinkman completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Economics (May 1993) and Master of Science degree in Agribusiness Management (December 1998) at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Huntsville, Alabama. 

Dr. Brinkman has been an active member of the American Applied Economics Association.  She has chaired two sections of the organization – the Committee on the Status of Blacks in Agricultural Economics and the Committee on Women in Agricultural Economics. 

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