Heather Manzo joins NERCRD as new Associate Director for Extension

Heather has spent the past decade as an Extension Educator with Penn State Extension’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Team, and will continue to contribute to that team while with the Center. She is a regional food system and community economic development professional specializing in the business, marketing and policy needs related to agriculture and land use. She is also co-founder and a steering committee member of the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council.

Heather’s experience prior to joining Penn State includes leading and implementing organizational-level sustainability plans, LEED certification project management, and managing an international grant program for ethnobotanical research. Her formal education includes a master’s degree in Sustainable Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing. In her free time she practices Permaculture, tends to grow pumpkin patches in her front yard, and explores Penn’s woods on bike, foot, and skis.

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