Jonathan Foley thinks a sustainable agricultural system would look at nutrition, economics, and the environment equally. He directs Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to deploying science-based climate solutions.
Between 2014 and 2018, Foley served as the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, the greenest and most forward-thinking science museum on the planet. He joined the Cal Academy in 2014, after spending over two decades leading interdisciplinary, university-based programs focused on global environmental issues, including founding the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of Minnesota, where he was also McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. Throughout his career, Foley 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.