The ANA Messenger: Social Development Edition
Carmelia (Mia) Strickland,
Director of the Division of Program Operations
Carmelia (Mia) Strickland has more than 15 years of professional experience in the financial assistance field. She comes to our office from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she worked as a Grants Policy Advisor in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Division of Financial Assistance Policy and Oversight. Prior to working for DHS, Ms. Strickland worked within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary, Office of Grants Policy and Oversight for more than six years. Ms. Strickland started her career with HHS when she was chosen to be in the Emerging Leaders Program.
Ms. Strickland worked in the private sector at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a non-profit organization representing the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities. While at AIHEC, she managed several grant awards from HHS agencies and also the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to help build the capacity of the Tribal Colleges. She was able to gain invaluable experience in grant operations while working for a government contractor, CSR, Incorporated, where she helped process grant applications and assist in the grant panel review process for dozens of federal programs.
Ms. Strickland started her career as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress where she developed an appreciation for federal assistance programs, especially for policy and programs that affected Native communities. Ms. Strickland attended the University of South Florida, Tampa, for two years and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland – College Park. She is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and has one son who is a 2012 high school graduate. She is the oldest daughter of W.J. and Barbara Strickland, both enrolled members of the Lumbee Tribe.