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Molly Jahn

Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Madison-Wisconsin

How I work with Harvest

Professor Molly Jahn will be responsible for strategic outreach and coordination within the Harvest consortium emphasizing new and/or non-traditional end-users. She will be engaging with three communities in particular: international humanitarian non-governmental organizations, the insurance/reinsurance sector and national security stakeholders. 


Molly Jahn is Professor of Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison and a faculty affiliate of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute.  From 2006-11, she served as the 12th dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Director of the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station and from 2011-14, Special Advisor to the Provost for Sustainability Sciences.  She currently holds and appointment as Adjunct Senior Research Scientist at Columbia University.  In 2009-10 she was appointed Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of USDA by President Barack Obama. She is director of outreach for the $14.7M NASA Earth Observations for Food Security and Agriculture Consortium, leads a project on food security, food systems and national security interests for the US Government, serves as a Special Government Employee on NASA’s Applied Sciences Advisory Committee.  She has served on many international panels and boards including service as Chair of the Scientific Advisory Committee for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and member of the CGIAR Consortium Board, and the National Academies of Science Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources.  She consults globally for governments, business, entertainment, technology, intelligence, philanthropic and international multi-lateral organizations on agriculture, food security, food systems, risk, life sciences and environment.  She teaches a course on Systems Thinking, holds degrees from Swarthmore College, MIT and Cornell, and has received Honorary Doctor of Science degrees in both the UK and US.