Leadership Stories

Politics, capitalism, and energy poverty are combining in strange ways across India. The result looks like progress—sometimes.Read more >
In the latest installment of their Working Shift series, WBEZ in Chicago talked with the sustainability manager of Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Fellow Kristen Pratt, about the work she does both inside the museum and in Chicago neighborhoods to promote the principles of sustainability.Read more >
Fellow Sumit Kadakia and his wife have launched a New Haven-based start-up that is turning food production refuse into nutritious, tasty, and environmentally sustainable food.Read more >
Fellow Jason Delborne served on the committee that recently released a report on the state of gene drive science and discuss next steps for scientists, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and the public. In this interview, he explains more about the report and its recommendations.Read more >
We are proud to announce Fellow Sue Minter recently won the Democratic primary race for Governor of Vermont! This profile from VTDigger.com offers an excellent overview of her career and motivation for running for Governor. We will continue to bring you coverage of her campaign and the election in coming months.Read more >
Fellow Marissa McMahan is working with Maine locals and Venetian fishermen to turn the invasive green crab into a gourmet dish known in Italy as moleche.Read more >
You could say that Amanda Beal, who was just announced as the new president and CEO of the Maine Farmland Trust, came by her interest in farming policy naturally.Read more >
Switzer Fellow and Colorado State University Professor Maria Fernández-Giménez has received the Order of the Polar Star from the government of Mongolia, the highest civilian honor the country presents to foreign nationals. Fernández-Giménez was selected due to her long-standing commitment to researching Mongolia’s extensive rangelands and how natural and human communities are adapting to ecological and economic change.Read more >
Earlier this spring, COMPASS led a policy communications training for the Switzer Fellows in Washington, D.C. that included practicing communication skills and learning about the world of policymakers, and was capped by meetings with policymakers on Capitol Hill. Marissa McMahan, a graduate student at Northeastern University who is studying the northern range expansion of black sea bass and how that affects both human and ecological systems in the Gulf of Maine, talks more about her experience in D.C.Read more >
If elected to Congress this fall, Fellow William Yandik may be one of the only farmers to serve in the House of Representatives. Yandik is currently running as a Democratic candidate in New York’s 19th Congressional District.Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Christopher Bacon
Food justice is one of many sustainability dilemmas we will encounter in this century, and Chris Bacon believes that only through understanding and then collective action can we work to create a more ecologically and economically sustainable as well as socially just world.Read more >

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