Joann M. Givens serves as director of the Office of Human and Animal Food Operations-West, within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this leadership position, Ms. Givens oversees the human and animal food program work plan, accomplishments, implementation strategies for the Food Safety Modernization Act, and program alignment advancement. She also collaborates with the Center of Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Center of Veterinary Medicine, ORA components, and external stakeholders. Prior to serving in this position, Ms. Givens served as the acting regional director of the Central Region for several years, deputy regional director in the Central Region, and district director in the Detroit District. Joann is a graduate of Berkeley College, Little Falls, NJ, and also majored in biology at Kean University, Union, NJ. She has received numerous awards and is a member of numerous professional organizations.