Beattra Wilson is a National Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager at the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, DC. She provides program guidance, budget coordination, grants management and strategic planning leadership for national, regional and state urban and community forestry programs.
As a diversity strategist, Beattra co-chairs the Executive Committee of the USDA 1890 Task Force-- convening USDA Senior Officials and 1890 Land Grant HBCU Presidents and Agriculture Deans to advance the partnership and vision for historically black land grant institutions and the communities they serve. Beattra served three years on the Forest Service Environmental Justice Board, promoting outreach and advocacy in underserved communities and designed inclusive initiatives for State and Private Forestry programs. These initiatives targeted improved access and awareness of federal programs to minority communities and stakeholders, and generated a pipeline of new minority and millennial students pursuing forestry and natural resources careers.
Beattra has built a solid career administering conservation cooperative assistance programs at regional and national offices. In 2016, Beattra served as Deputy Associate Director of Forests and Public Lands at the White House Council on Environmental Quality where she was responsible for forest management policy, wildfire suppression budgets, and federal agricultural an environmental workforce diversity.
Beattra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.