Alena Klimas is the Program Specialist of Network Philanthropic Engagement on the CBPP State Fiscal Policy team. In her role, Klimas is focused on engaging with foundations that fund the State Priorities Partnership, cultivating new funders, and assisting partnership groups with their fundraising efforts.
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 as a consultant with Rural Support Partners, and later as a Program Manager with the Appalachia Funders Network to increase philanthropic resources and assist with collaborative funding projects in Central Appalachia. She has also written about economic policy, social movements, and outdoor recreation in various journalism and academic publications. 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.
Klimas is active in her community in western North Carolina and with development work in Morocco. She currently serves on the board of North Carolina Mountain Trail Runners and is an avid trail runner. Klimas also serves as the Treasurer and Chair of the Economic Mobility Committee of the Buncombe County Women’s Commission. She remains engaged in Morocco with the High Atlas Foundation programs where she provides technical assistance to community leaders and rural cooperatives through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program.