Katrina grew up on a cherry orchard in Eastern Oregon and as a kid sold cherries on the side of the road to help fund her college tuition. Having grown up on a farm and experiencing first hand the juxtaposition between farming and having to meet government needs regarding farm labor she was inspired to combine her love of agriculture with her professional and academic life. She is a driven professional having received a BS in Environmental Science from Washington State University, an MS in Community Development and Applied Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Certificate in Ecological Economic from the Gund Institute. Katrina has devoted her professional and personal life to strengthening Central Oregon communities through food access and local-food support. Prior to taking on the role as ED, she worked for 10 years in the Community and Economic Development department at Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council. Her passion to make her community a better place to live by connecting with farmers and food is contagious. Katrina was recently nominated for Woman of the Year – Community Hero. She can be found playing in the dirt in her neighborhood garden she built or somewhere in the woods finding solace with her husband and dog, Jake.