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Johnie Jones graduated from the LBJ School in 2011 and was hired by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) where he works on strategic partnerships for the department. Recently profiled by The Pacific Standard in their "30 Thinkers Under 30" series, Johnie has distinguished himself as a rising leader in the federal agriculture policy arena. In this Q&A, Johnie discusses some of the greatest policy challenges currently facing our nation, as well as other activities taking place at USDA.

The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin is creating the LBJ School Washington Center enabling students to earn a master’s degree in 18 months with a unique focus on federal public policy. The Center will also provide a platform and forum for nonpartisan policy analysis on the critical issues facing the country and the world and serve as a hub for the dissemination of faculty research.

The 2013 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 6 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world and close to home. From agriculture, food security and nutrition, to juvenile justice issues in Texas, entrepreneurial development, education and poverty, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.

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