Kristina Guttadora graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Education and from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science.
She recently completed the OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program for Women in Science through Rutgers University. Kristina worked for ten years as a high school biology and agriculture teacher, before taking the position as Program Director for the New Jersey Agricultural Society’s Farmers Against Hunger program in 2011.
In 2013, Kristina was promoted to serve as the New Jersey Agricultural Society Executive Director and now oversees the Society and its three programs: Learning Through Gardening, Farmers Against Hunger and the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program. Kris has overseen the distribution of nearly 6 million pounds of surplus fresh produce over the last 5 years. She oversees the Society’s fundraising, which involves grant writing, events, outreach, campaigns, and membership.
Kris’s strength is in building relationships. She is well known within the agricultural community and has regular contact with farmers, state agricultural leaders, teachers, cooperative extension staff, non-profit directors, and community officials.
Kris was named by First Lady Mary Pat Christie’s New Jersey Heroes Foundation as a New Jersey Hero. She also is a recipient of the Outstanding Young Teacher Award for the National Association of Agricultural Educators and served as the President for the New Jersey Agricultural Educators Association and as an FFA Advisor for ten years.
Kris and her husband and son live in Allentown, NJ and enjoy travel, relaxing, and spending time outdoors at parks, beaches, gardens or on their back deck.