As Program Manager, Quina works with the GO Virginia Region 2 program and the Region 2 Internship Collaborative. GO Virginia is a statewide initiative designed to encourage Virginia's economic growth through the creation of high-wage jobs. GO Virginia Region 2 includes the cities of Covington, Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke, and Salem; and the counties of Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Botetourt, Campbell, Craig, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Roanoke. The Region 2 Internship Collaborative is the local connection for the Virginia Talent + Opportunity Partnership (V-TOP), building a network to facilitate the readiness of Region 2 students and employers to engage in high-quality, paid, work-based learning. Quina prioritizes strong collaborative relationships, innovative communication and outreach, and data-driven decision-making.
Quina joined the Center for Economic and Community Engagement in August 2021. She comes to Virginia Tech from North Carolina, where she supported food systems and community development in Guilford County through a variety of roles with non-profits, local government, and higher education. Quina holds a master's degree in Library and Information Studies from UNC-Greensboro and a bachelor’s degree in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College.