Katrena R. Hanks
Katrena R. Hanks is an Education Program Specialist with National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Katrena provides leadership and administration for the 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants Program and Higher Education Challenge Grants Program.
Before joining NIFA, Katrena was a Program Manager with the Community Technology Center’s Network (CTCNet) and spent several years with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) conducting research on brownfields redevelopment, environmental justice and risk communication issues. She coauthored ICMA’s popular report, Not Business as Usual: Using Collaborative Partnerships to Address Environmental Justice Issues, which showcased the strategies and approaches used by communities when using collaborative partnerships. Prior to relocating to Washington DC, she served as a community redevelopment planner for Martin County, Florida. Katrena has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from the College of Charleston and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Michigan State University.