Dawanna James-Holly, Ph.D.

Program Specialist
2450 Waterfront Centre
Phone Number:
(202) 401-1950
Fax Number:
(202) 401-4888

Dr. Dawanna James-Holly is a Biological Science Program Specialist within the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition. She manages the administration of several competitive and capacity research, education and extension programs within the Division of Food Safety including the AFRI Food Safety Challenge program, AFRI Foundational program, the Food Safety Outreach Program (in partnership with FDA-CFSAN), HATCH, McIntire-Stennis programs, etc. Over the past few years, she has served as a grants management subject matter expert at USDA NIFA and has over 15 years of expertise in food safety applied research and public health nutrition.

Prior to joining NIFA, Dr. Holly was a Co-PI for the former CSREES “NIFSI” program and served in several leadership roles within the Cooperative Extension Service. In fiscal year 2010, Dr. Holly was appointed Nutrition Program Manager of the State Education Agency and later awarded as Project Director for the USDA Team Nutrition Training Grant. As a program manager, she oversaw nutrition policies at the state education agency within the child nutrition programs. In this role, she also supervised a multi-disciplinary team of dietitians, public health specialist and an environmental specialist. In addition, she was a preceptor for dietetic interns from Howard University and public policy students at American University. She managed the USDA Team Nutrition program and cooperative agreements with American University, Howard University, and the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture teams. Dr. Holly received her doctorate degree in Nutritional Sciences from Howard University and her baccalaureate degree with a pre-med focus from the State University of New York in Buffalo, NY.