Andrea Burniske works for International Programs in Agriculture as the International Extension Coordinator. In this position she promotes international opportunities for Purdue extension educators and faculty. She supports project design and proposal writing, and helps to implement programming. She is also a Purdue Delegate for the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN); and serves as a member of the College of Agriculture Diversity Committee.
Her background includes 20 years’ experience working overseas and in Washington DC for international development organizations. She has designed and led projects while living in Tajikistan, Colombia, Bulgaria, Peru, and Russia. Her skills include proposal writing; monitoring and evaluation; project management; community planning; small business development; primary market research; and focus group design.
Her sectoral experience and main interests comprise disaster risk reduction and disaster response (as a member of the Latin American Response Team for Mercy Corps); gender assessment; child protection; environmentally sustainable development; social enterprise development; and climate change adaptation.
Andrea has a BA from UC Berkeley in Slavic Languages; an MA from University of Oregon in Journalism and Communication (thesis research on communication for development); and an MBA+ Certificate in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Portland State University.