Heather Woods is the program coordinator for the urban food systems program offered at the Kansas State University's Olathe campus.
Woods oversees management, outreach and fundraising to support and market the urban food systems program. She helps identify areas of need and opportunities in the master's and doctoral curriculums; develops new initiatives, print and digital materials for courses and promotion; helps recruit graduate students to the program; communicates with alumni and professionals; oversees the program's social media presence; and more.
Woods brings more than 10 years of experience working in program management with a focus on grant writing and management, event planning, fund development and communications.
Much of her time has been spent in the nonprofit, public health and state government realm.
Prior to the joining Kansas State University, she was the executive director and an association manager/event planner for Association Management Resources in Okemos, Michigan. She also had roles as an events planner, project coordinator and systems technician at the Michigan Public Health Institute, where she focused on maternal and infant health professional development; as the Lansing City Market manager for Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority; and was a member of AmeriCorps.
Woods earned her bachelor's degree in history with a specialization in museum studies and a bachelor's degree in communications with a focus on organizational communication from Michigan State University.
She and her husband, Dan, have three sons, Malachi, Connor and Ronan. In her free time, Woods enjoys reading, gardening and exploring all of the offerings in her new home in Kansas City.