Kathleen A. Merrigan

Executive Director-Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University - School of Sustainability

Kathleen A. Merrigan

Kathleen A. Merrigan

Executive Director-Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University - School of Sustainability

Overview
Career Highlights

USDA Rural Development
Arizona State University - School of Sustainability
George Washington University

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Number of Boards

9

Birthday

1960

Age

59

Number of Awards

1

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Co-Founder at FoodCorps, Inc.

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Co-Founder at FoodCorps, Inc.

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Co-Founder at FoodCorps, Inc.

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Co-Founder at FoodCorps, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture

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Chief Executive Officer at FoodCorps, Inc.

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President & Co-Owner at Blue Hill Farm

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President's Advisory Commission at University of California - Berkeley

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President at Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

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Managing Partner at New Profit, Inc.

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Kathleen A. Merrigan
Executive Director-Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University - School of Sustainability
Education
Ph.D. in Environmental Planning & Policy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.

Master of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest public universities in the United States and is the largest institution of The University of Texas System. Founded in 1883, the university has grown from a single building, eight teachers, two departments and 221 students to a 350-acre main campus with 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students.

B.A.

Williams College is a private liberal arts college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, United States. It was established in 1793 with funds from the estate of Ephraim Williams. Originally a men's college, Williams became co-educational in 1970. It is located in Williamstown, MA, USA.

Career History
Assistant Professor & Director, Agriculture, Food & Environment Program
Prior
Special Assistant to the Chief of Regulatory Affairs
1986 - 1987

The Texas Legislature established the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) in 1907. The agency's key objectives are to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. The agriculture commissioner oversees the agency and is elected every four years. The current commissioner, Sid Miller, was elected in 2014. TDA is a diversified state agency that provides value-added services through our regulatory and marketing and initiatives. TDA is headquartered in Austin and has five regional service offices, two sub-offices, three laboratories and five livestock export facilities. TDA’s mission is to partner with all Texans to make Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, fortify our economy, empower rural communities, promote healthy lifestyles, and cultivate winning strategies for rural, suburban and urban Texas through exceptional service and the common threads of agriculture in our daily lives.

Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
2019 - Current

Agrilyst, Inc. operates online platform that assists greenhouse farmers. The company was founded by Allison Kopf and Jason Camp in 2015 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY.

Director
2016 - 2018

Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc. engages in the provision of bio-based pest management and plant health products for the agricultural and water treatment markets. Its brand includes regalia, bio-tam, grandevo, venerate and majestene. The company was founded by Pamela G. Marrone on June 15, 2006 and is headquartered in Davis, CA.

Member, Board of Directors
Current

Stone Barns Center is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. Key programs highlight sustainable agriculture and the pattern of eating needed to support it, they include: outreach and programs for families and adults, beginning farmer education, high school student education and on-farm experimentation to explore best practices in sustainable food production.

Director
Current

FoodCorps is a nationwide team of leaders that connects kids to real food and helps them grow up healthy. We do that by placing motivated leaders in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. Working under the direction of local partner organizations, we implement a three-ingredient recipe for healthy kids. Our Service Members: Teach kids about what healthy food is and where it comes from Build and tend school gardens Bring high-quality local food into public school cafeterias

Member, Board of Directors
Current
Member, President's Management Council
Prior

The presidency of Barack Obama began at noon EST on January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States, and ended on January 20, 2017. Obama, a Democrat, took office following a decisive victory over Republican John McCain in the 2008 presidential election. Four years later, in the 2012 election, he defeated Republican Mitt Romney to win re-election. He was the first African American president, the first multiracial president, the first non-white president, and the first president to have been born in Hawaii. Obama was succeeded by Republican Donald Trump, who won the 2016 presidential election. Obama's first-term actions addressed the global financial crisis and included a major stimulus package, a partial extension of the Bush tax cuts, legislation to reform health care, a major financial regulation reform bill, and the end of a major US military presence in Iraq. Obama also appointed Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, the latter of whom became the first Hispanic American on the Supreme Court. Democrats controlled both houses of Congress until Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections. Following the elections, Obama and Congressional Republicans engaged in a protracted stand-off over government spending levels and the debt ceiling. The Obama administration's policy against terrorism downplayed Bush's counterinsurgency model, expanding air strikes and making extensive use of special forces and encouraging greater reliance on host-government militaries. The Obama administration orchestrated the military operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden in 2011. In his second term, Obama took steps to combat climate change, signing a major international climate agreement and an executive order to limit carbon emissions. Obama also presided over the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and other legislation passed in his first term, and he negotiated rapprochements with Iran and Cuba. The number of American soldiers in Afghanistan fell dramatically during Obama's second term, though U.S. soldiers remained in Afghanistan throughout Obama's presidency and continue to as of 2018. Republicans took control of the Senate after the 2014 elections, and Obama continued to grapple with Congressional Republicans over government spending, immigration, judicial nominations, and other issues.

Designee
Prior

The White House Council on Women and Girls is a council, which forms part of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, established by Executive Order 13506 on March 11, 2009 with a broad mandate to advise the United States President on issues relating to the welfare of women and girls.

Political Donations
$500
2008

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
2010
TIME - 100 Most Influential People in the World
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