James F. Fitzgerald (Jim) was born and raised in the Lewiston, Idaho- Clarkston, Washington area on a family farm located in Asotin/Garfield Counties. The family’s homestead was established in 1876 and remains within the family. Jim graduated from Washington State University and then worked for the Federal Land Bank, now Farm Credit Services as a loan officer for two years before returning to the family farm.
After farming dry land wheat, barley and cattle for twenty years he accepted a position with USDA as the Farm Service Agency Executive Director for Washington State from 2001-2006 and served from the State Office located in Spokane, Washington. Fitzgerald then served as Chief of Staff for USDA Rural Development in Washington DC from 2006-2008 where he was in charge of day to day operations for over 6,800 employees located in 832 offices across the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam. Fitzgerald accepted the position of Executive Director with Far West Agribusiness Association in August, 2008.
Jim is a licensed pilot and when not at work, he enjoys spending weekends at his family farm and maintains a small registered Angus herd. He also enjoys spending time in the shop at his home near Cheney, Washington, working on his Harley Davidson motorcycle amongst many other projects. Jim is married to his wife Christine of 35 years and they have two grown children and two granddaughters.