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The Rockefeller Foundation has picked former U.S. Department of Agriculture PR head Matt Herrick to serve as the private foundation’s managing director of communications in New York.

Herrick joins the global philanthropy organization from Washington, D.C.-based public affairs shop Story Partners, where served as senior vice president and led that agency’s food, agriculture and nutrition practice. He was previously the USDA’s communications director and senior advisor, roles he assumed after serving as a speechwriter and spokesperson before taking on the roles of senior communications coordinator and, later, deputy communications director.

Prior to his time at the USDA, Herrick was press director and spokesman for the U.S. Agency for International Development and a director of media and public relations for Oxfam America.

The Rockefeller Foundation, whose stated mission is to promote “the well-being of humanity throughout the world,” was founded in 1913 by John D. Rockefeller along with his son John D. Rockefeller Jr. and Frederick Taylor Gates.