Regional Lead for Latin America & Program Manager
408J AGLS Building, Texas A&M University
Mrs. Johanna Roman works with our partner organizations in Latin America to conduct programs that help promote peace and stability with particular focus on youth development programs in agricultural communities. As a Program Manager, she leads and supports project activities including identifying program partners; overseeing or leading field activities; writing reports and helping promote student and faculty involvement. Johanna leads our Youth Gardening Programs in Guatemala and Mexico and manages our Student Media Grant Program for Latin America and our Anthony Laos Research Grant Program for the Middle East.
Johanna has worked for Texas A&M University for most of her professional career. She served as Director for Latin America at Texas A&M’s Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture for eight years and managed large agricultural development programs in several Latin American countries that promoted production of high-value horticultural crops, marketing, food processing, and education. Many educational programs targeted rural youth and indigenous women. She also served as Assistant Director for Latin American Programs at Texas A&M University for six years, promoting student and faculty abroad experiences and coordinating important conferences and events. She served as Administrative Director for World Coffee Research.
Johanna is a Board Member of the A&M Garden Club and is Chair of Global Gardening at Texas Garden Clubs. She leads or participates in many community gardening activities. She received the prestigious national Teaching Award from the American Horticultural Society for sharing her horticultural knowledge with others and contributing to a better public understanding of the plant world and its important influence on society.
Johanna has a B.S. and a Master’s degree in Horticultural Sciences from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Education from Northcentral University focusing on Leadership and Organizational Management. She is fluent in Spanish and helps oversee social programs at her family's coffee farm in Guatemala. She was selected to serve as a mentor for USAID’s Innovation Marketplace as part of TechCon 2016.