Jessica Shade

Jessica Shade


Dr. Jessica Shade is the Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center where she directs projects associated with communicating and conducting research related to organic agriculture. During her tenure at The Organic Center Dr. Shade has collaborated on diverse research programs ranging from applied solutions to on-farm challenges to methods for improving environmental impacts of agriculture.  Some of her most recent collaborations include projects aimed at mitigating climate change, decreasing agriculturally-mediated nutritent pollution, increasing on-farm biodiversity, and developing integrated pest management solutions for organic growers.  Dr. Shade developed and leads the Center’s signature conference event, Organic Confluences, which brings together policy makers, researchers, farmers, industry members, and other non-profits to address and overcome challenges faced by the organic sector.  She has also been an invited speaker to a wide rage of events including academic conferences, farmer meetings, industry expos, and TEDxSwitzer (
Dr. Shade has been honored for her environmental accomplishments by the Audubon Women in Conservation through their Women Greening Food Special Recognition, the Ecological Society of America Student Section and Union of Concerned Scientists through their Ecoservice Award, and is a Switzer Environmental Fellow.  She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fellow at a Glance

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Academic Background:
University of California Berkeley, Ph.D.
Current Position:
Director of Science Programs
The Organic Center
Energy & Climate Change
Conservation Science & Biology
Environmental & Public Health
Environmental Education
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy
Water Resources
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