As Assistant Commissioner for the Texas Department of Agriculture, Angela Olige oversees the Food and Nutrition Division and has statewide administrative oversight for the operations, policy development, strategic planning, and financial management of 12 federal nutrition programs with a budget of more than $2.2 billion in Texas. These programs have an impact on the state’s public, private-nonprofit and charter schools as well as numerous residential child care institutions, food banks, and other community and faith-based organizations.
This position affords Angela the opportunity to engage in the endeavors she finds most rewarding—instituting and managing the kinds of effective change and transitions that not only help those in need but also lead people to discover their hidden talents, abilities and skills. Her involvement with schools began in 1984 in the finance office of LaMarque Independent School District (ISD), the school system for a small town in Southeast Texas, and continued in management positions of increasing responsibility with Houston ISD’s Comptroller’s Office and ultimately with the Food and Nutrition Department of one of the fastest growing school districts at the time, the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada. This position proved to be a pivotal turning point in Angela’s career as she moved from strictly accounting functions to food and nutrition program administration. Parlaying the skills and abilities honed in this fast-paced and constantly changing environment, Angela joined the Texas Department of Agriculture as the Director of Operations in the Food and Nutrition Division in 2005 and within months she was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner and now serves as an Assistant Commissioner.
Angela received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Houston, Clear Lake and continues to hone her leadership abilities through various trainings. Most recently she was selected to attend the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education Leadership Training which had a profound impact and further solidified her resolve to serve people and always endeavor to lead well.
Angela resides in Georgetown, Texas with her husband Rick Olige and she has been blessed to mother three daughters and two sons and is an extremely proud grandmother of three grandsons and four granddaughters. Angela enjoys reading, spending time with her extended family, and serving as a Ministering Elder working in various ministries in her church.