Jonathan Foley

Executive Director, California Academy of Sciences

There’s nothing in nature called waste; it doesn’t exist. It’s just food for something else. We have to think a lot more in our food system like ecological systems do.

Jonathan Foley thinks a sustainable agricultural system would look at nutrition, economics, and the environment equally. As Executive Director for the California Academy of Sciences, Foley leads the greenest museum on the planet and one of the most future-focused scientific institutions in the world. He joined the Cal Academy in 2014, after spending over two decades leading interdisciplinary, university-based programs focused on global environmental issues. Throughout his career, he and his colleagues have contributed to our understanding of worldwide changes in ecosystems, land use and climate, global food security, and the sustainability of the world’s resources.

Foley has published numerous scientific articles, including highly cited works in Science, Nature, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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