Steve Crook has worked for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services for over twenty-five years. Steve is the Director of Permitting and Compliance Coordination, Plant Protection and Quarantine. His work unit issues over 22,000 permits annually for a large variety of commodities, from fresh fruits and vegetables and propagative material to pests, soil, and research material. Steve’s work unit also enforces compliance issues for imported goods, environmental documentation, protected plants, and the Lacey Act. Steve has extensive experience working with international and port of entry procedures as well. Steve began working for the Federal government in 1992 as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon. He received his Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Alabama and a master’s degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.