Davida Tengey recently rejoined NIFA’s Washington, DC based team as a Program Specialist (social science specialist). Tengey will also serve as the NIFA International Visitors Coordinator, assisting with addressing NIFA’s international engagement activities. Tengey began her federal service career at NIFA in 2009, where she has held several positions across the agency. In her most recent role as Program Specialist for the Institute of Food Production and Sustainability, she worked closely with the national program leaders in administering multiple animal science competitive programs. Tengey has extensive experience in NIFA peer review systems and grants management procedures. In 2015, she was appointed as a key member of the Grants Modernization Team that successfully conducted a fit gap analysis of USDA and NIH Peer review systems. Since 2014 she has spearheaded and coordinated USDA’s multi-agency education outreach program at the U.S. Science and Engineering Festival.
Tengey has over ten years of experience in international development. Prior to joining NIFA, she served as a Senior Program Officer for NCNW International Development Center where she administrated multifaceted programs funded by USAID, U.S. State Department and the World Bank in Asia and Africa.
She received her B.S. degree from University of Maryland University College in Global Business and Public Policy and a minor in Strategic and Entrepreneurial Management. She has been a member of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development since 2012.