Vinetta Howard-King is the acting director of the Office of Human and Animal Food Operations – East, a program within the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In this role, Ms. Howard-King is responsible for overseeing operational functions (such as: inspections/investigations, sample collections, compliance and enforcement activities) in six HAF field divisions and the HAF foreign inspection program.
She works directly with senior management in headquarters and in the field, using strategic risk-based approaches towards compliance and enforcement that focuses on impact and results.
A few of her previous positions include senior advisor to the assistant commissioner for operations in ORA, deputy director and staff manager in FDA’s Office of Emergency Operations, compliance officer in FDA’s Baltimore District, and chemist in FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. She has served as acting manager in numerous leadership positions in FDA, including lab supervisor, district director, deputy office director, office director, and regional food and drug director.
Ms. Howard-King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry.