Kathleen Merrigan on List of Influential Women in Agriculture


OFRF Advisory Committee member, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, was included on Food Tank’s list of 27 influential women in food and agriculture. The announcement was made on January 28th.

Merrigan currently serves as Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University, where she leads the GWU Sustainability Collaborative and GWU Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy.

She also serves on the Boards of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Food Corps, is a member of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund Advisory Committee, serves as Senior Advisor at the Kendall Foundation, and is a member of the steering committee for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

From 2009-2013, Merrigan served as U.S. Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As Deputy Secretary, Merrigan created and led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative to support local food systems; was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign; and made history as the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. 

Food Tank's mission is focused on building a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters. The organization spotlights environmentally, socially and economically sustainable ways of alleviating hunger, obesity and poverty, and creates networks of people, organizations, and content to push for food system change.

Congratulations Dr. Merrigan!