National Association of Professional Women Inducts Eleni Tsigas, Economist at USDA, Into its VIP Professional Woman of the Year Circle

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Eleni Tsigas is selected for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession

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I’m pleased to welcome Eleni into this exceptional group of professional women. Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.

The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) honors Eleni Tsigas as a 2016-2017 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is recognized with this prestigious distinction for leadership in economics, focusing on agriculture and resources. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting more than 850,000 members, a thriving eChapter and over 200 operating Local Chapters.

“I’m pleased to welcome Eleni into this exceptional group of professional women,” said NAPW President Star Jones. “Her knowledge and experience in her industry are valuable assets to her company and community.”

Ms. Tsigas has worked as an economist with a specialty in Agriculture and Resource Economics for 19 years. While a charismatic college professor steered her toward her career, it was really her mother who led her to a life of education and fulfillment. Being denied by her father to finish her education, Ms. Tsigas said it was her mother who believed that education brings happiness by making a person wiser, opens the world with new opportunities and more importantly for women.

Now Ms. Tsigas provides expertise in economic analyses to help the USDA, the Agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, protect the health and value of U.S. agricultural and natural resources by working closely with scientists, biologists, plant pathologists, environmental scientists, epidemiologists and veterinarians. They formulate appropriate policies given their budget priorities, allocation and justification.

Armed with an understanding of applied microeconomics, econometrics, international trade theory, mathematical modeling and agricultural policies, she helps the decision makers in U.S. Congress decide which alternative to use to address operational issues that will affect millions of people. However, the initial dismissal of the use of economics by the “hard” scientists who find it difficult to accept the reality: They have to succeed in solving their problems under a budget constraint. Ms. Tsigas is looking to spend some time in a similar position but in an international organization, which she believes would be more challenging.

About NAPW
NAPW’s mission is to provide an exclusive, highly advanced networking forum to women executives, professionals and entrepreneurs where they can aspire, connect and achieve. Through innovative resources, unique tools and progressive benefits, professional women interact, exchange ideas, advance their knowledge and empower each other.

Awards & Accomplishments: Ph.D., Purdue University, Agricultural Economics; B.A.Sc., Economics and Statistics

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