Recording Secretary

Leon Tillman


Leon Tillman Paola, Kansas native, was raised in Marietta, Georgia, and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. Tillman has served as a Resource Conservationist for Programs with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Nashville State Office since 2015. He provides statewide technical leadership, guidance, and assistance in the development and implementation of Farm Bill Conservation Programs.

Tillman received his Bachelors in Agricultural Sciences from Tennessee State University in 2009 and a Masters of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources Systems Management at the University of Tennessee at Martin in 2013. He completed undergraduate research related to water pollution and graduate research related to NRCS program spending trends. Beginning with NRCS as a student intern in Franklin, TN in 2005, during his undergraduate tenure, he interned in several Tennessee counties. After graduation, Tillman started working full-time as a Soil Conservationist, eventually becoming a District Conservationist in East Tennessee. He worked extensively with agriculture producers providing technical and financial assistance services through NRCS and state conservation programs.

He has served as a member of the Tennessee NRCS Civil Rights Committee and is an active member of the National Organization of Professional Black NRCS Employees (NOPBNRCSE). Leon married his wife Monique in 2013 and they have a newborn son, Liam.

He believes that with God, and through diligent service, a person has unlimited potential.  


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