Kofi Berko

Kofi Berko Jr.

Senior Environmental Scientist
Policy & Standard Division
Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes
U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development
HUD Healthy Housing Injury Hazards Paper
J.Kofi.Berko@HUD.gov

J. Kofi Berko, Jr is an environmental scientist with the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Washington DC.  He develops Notice of Fund Availability (NOFA) for healthy homes and lead technical studies, manages the review and selection process and manages some of the resulting cooperative agreements between the successful applicants and HUD. All the cooperative agreements for the technical studies are conducted in low-income communities.  He holds a B.Sc. (Honors) in Biochemistry from the University of Science & Technology, Ghana, a Masters in Public Administration and PhD in energy and environmental policy from the University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware.  His research interests include the health impacts of energy efficiency and environmental programs, impact of residential hazards on occupants’ health and health disparities in low-income and/or minority populations.  Past research activities includes studies of asthma and environmental allergens identification and controls, carbon monoxide detection, measurement and control, lead-based paint inspections, remediation and regulation, household chemicals toxicity, mold identification and control and petroleum products releases remediation and management.

Skill Set

  • Grant writing and review
  • Qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Research design
  • Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)