Biography of Jennifer Zumwalt Cervantes
Legislative Director, Florida Sugar Cane League
Washington Representative, Texas and Hawaii Sugarcane Growers
Jennifer Zumwalt Cervantes is the Legislative Director for the Florida Sugar Cane League, representative of the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers of Texas and of the Hawaiian Sugar Growers. In this position she works to educate members of Congress and staff on the positive contributions and necessary role that sugar cane farmers and processors have in the world of agriculture and with all consumers of agriculture products.
Jennifer received her B.B.A from St. Edward’s University in her hometown of Austin, Texas. In 2001, after moving to the Washington, DC area, she began working at the Department of Agriculture. After a few months she accepted a position in the Executive Office of the President, Presidential Personal Office working on filling federal positions appointed by the president of the United States and senior level appointments for a handful of Federal agencies and offices. After several years Jennifer returned to the Department of Agriculture where she focused on the management side of the agency, to include human capital, information technology, budget and general administration issues. She held positions within the Departmental Administration Office and finished her time at the department as a Deputy Chief of Staff for the Secretary of Agriculture.
She resides in Northern Virginia (with continual longings to return to Texas…eventually) with her husband Bryan, two sons, and two cranky house cats, Mike and Spencer.