Alena Klimas is a Program Specialist of Network Philanthropic Engagement on the SFP team. Prior to joining the Center, Klimas focused on rural development and policy in Central Appalachia and abroad. She served with the Peace Corps in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. After she returned home, she worked with the Appalachia Funders Network to increase philanthropic resources and assist with collaborative funding projects in Central Appalachia. She currently serves on the board of North Carolina Mountain Trail Runners.
Klimas earned her Master’s degree in Community Development Policy from the University of New Hampshire. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies from Ohio University.