East and NHQ Regional Representative
Sylvia Rainford
Washington, DC


Sylvia Rainford is the Acting Regional Team Leader on the Public Affairs Division Staff for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, D.C. She is responsible for providing communications support for all the landscape initiatives. In her current acting position, Sylvia supervises one employee remotely.


Prior to her current position, Sylvia served as the NRCS Media Lead for most of her years in National Headquarters. She has worked in the Public Affairs Division for 10 years. She has received numerous awards during her years at National Headquarters, including two Outstanding ratings.


Sylvia worked as a State Public Affairs Specialist in two statesundefinedPennsylvania and Minnesotaundefinedbefore accepting a promotion in Washington, D.C.


She joined the agency more than 20 years ago as a Public Affairs Specialist Intern with the former Soil Conservation Service in New York. She trained under Pat Paul of Virginia, one of the agency’s smartest and brightest state Public Affairs Specialists.


Sylvia has won numerous awards throughout her career with the agency, including Outstanding ratings.

Sylvia worked as a reporter for a Gannett newspaper in New York. She has a B.S. degree in Newspaper Journalism from Syracuse University.


August 2013

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