Thomas R. Atkins
Housing Program Director, USDA Rural Development (Retired)
As Housing Program Director for USDA Rural Development, Tom Atkins oversees Rural Development activities such as loans, technical assistance and community empowerment in 14 Montana counties. Overall, USDA Rural Development has a $115 billion loan portfolio and is set to administer $20 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants through its programs during this fiscal year. Mr. Atkins began his career in banking, working primarily in rural Montana and North Dakota before moving to Bozeman, Mont.; to join USDA. He studied at both Montana State University in Bozeman and MSU-Billings, formerly Eastern Montana College.
Tom Atkins has served on the Project WET Foundation Board of Directors since 2010.