Honorable Eva Clayton, Senior Counselor

Honorable Eva Clayton

Career Summary

  • U.S. House of Representatives, North Carolina
    • Agriculture Committee
      • Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee, Senior Ranking Member
    • Budget Committee
  • United Nations Food Agriculture Organization, Assistant Director-General and Special Advisor to the Director-General (Ambassadorial status)


  • North Central University, Master of Science
  • Johnson C. Smith University, Bachelor of Science

Eva Clayton provides strategic guidance at The Livingston Group as a Senior Counselor, working in both Washington, DC and her home state of North Carolina. Ms. Clayton is a former five-term Democratic Member of Congress from North Carolina, serving from 1993 to 2003.

While in Congress, Ms. Clayton served with distinction, sitting on the Agriculture and Budget committees and serving as Ranking Member of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, Nutrition, and Forestry. She was a conferee on the 2002 Farm Bill and received credit for providing essential leadership critical to passage of the final version of the Nutrition Title. She also served as Co-chair of the Rural Caucus and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

Following her fifth term in Congress, Ms. Clayton served as Assistant Director-General and Special Adviser to the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy. In this role, which confers ambassadorial status, she was responsible for tracking the progress of countries’ efforts to reduce hunger through increased agricultural productivity worldwide. Ms. Clayton helped to establish national alliances and partnerships in over 24 countries to fight hunger and poverty including the United States of America.

Prior to service in Congress, Ms. Clayton was director of the University of North Carolina Manpower Development Programs and Assistant Secretary for Community Development for the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development. She was elected as a Warren County Commissioner and served as Chair of the Board.

Ms. Clayton has a bachelor of science from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte and a master of science from North Carolina Central University in Durham. She is the recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from 6 American universities.

Ms. Clayton serves on a variety of international, national, and state boards regarding agriculture, hunger, and health.

Significant Associations, Activities and Accomplishments

  • Co-chair of the Rural Caucus and Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
  • Conferee on 2002 Farm Bill and leader on passage of the Nutrition Title
  • Helped establish national alliances and partnerships with more than 24 nations to fight global hunger and poverty

Practice Areas

  • International

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