PB native graduates federal Leadership Development Program


Kanika Calvin, a Pine Bluff native, recently graduated from the 2012-2013 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) competitive Leadership Development Training Program (LDP).

The USDA’s LDP program is a one-year program focused on enhancing the participant’s development of leadership skills focusing on the core competencies related to leading people, leading change, building coalitions, organizational awareness, business acumen and obtaining results. This program is primarily focused on preparing new graduates for senior level leadership positions within the federal government.

Calvin is currently the National Underwriting and Policy expert for one of the USDA’s leading agencies, with responsibilities for approximately $23 Billion of program liability for more than 9 million individuals making up both farmers and private industries nationwide. She is also responsible for collaborating with congressional legislatures, special interest groups and various private industry representatives in order to ensure effective program implementation. She is actively involved in numerous task forces, committees and community service organizations.

Calvin is a 2002 graduate of Pine Bluff High School, a 2007 cum laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff with degrees in both agricultural business and agricultural education, as well as a 2008 honors graduate with a master’s degree in agricultural economics. She is currently preparing to pursue her doctoral degree in public administration.

In addition to pursuing her career and education, Calvin currently resides in Kansas City and is actively involved in her church and the community, where she serves as an advocate for the national Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA). She is the daughter of Pine Bluff native, Jacqueline Charles Talbot, and the granddaughter of the late Gwendolyn T. Buckingham.