Jeanette Abi-Nader, MS

Ms. Jeanette Abi-Nader is a Senior Evaluation Associate and Subject Matter Expert with KHA Inc, where she focuses on community food security, community food systems, economic development, evaluation tool development, program evaluation methodology, and equity and social justice issues. 

Previously, Ms. Abi-Nader served as Director of Evaluation & Training and Capacity Building for Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC), a leading national nonprofit promoting health and food security. At CFSC, Ms. Abi-Nader provided capacity building support for evaluation training and technical support to hundreds of nonprofit organizations and several funders around the country. 

Ms. Abi-Nader’s work includes creating common metrics across programs, establishing evaluation protocols, conducting comprehensive trainings on program evaluation, and working collaboratively with practitioners to define innovative and participatory evaluation methods. Ms. Abi-Nader has directed the writing and publication of extensive evaluation program resources, including Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Values-Based Planning and Evaluation and the accompanying resource, Whole Measures for Community Food Systems: Stories from the Field. Ms. Abi-Nader also directed the publication of the Community Food Project Evaluation Handbook, the Community Food Project Evaluation Toolkit and TOOLS Templates, Building Community Food Security: Lessons from USDA Community Food Projects, 1999-2003, and the Growing Communities Curriculum. 

Ms. Abi-Nader is trained as an organic farmer, permaculture designer and instructor, and organic farm inspector. She spent several years working with growers in Central and South America and started the first community-supported agriculture farm in Louisiana. Ms. Abi-Nader is a founding member of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative and the New Orleans Food and Farm Network. She has served nationally as the vice president for the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group Board of Directors, the treasurer for the American Community Gardening Association, and a national advisor for Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans.

Ms. Abi-Nader earned an MS in Sustainable Systems from Slippery Rock University with a focus on Agroecology and Permaculture and a multidisciplinary BA in International and Community Development/Theology/Social Work from the University of Dayton. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.