Kathleen Merrigan, the United States Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and creator of the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative, talks at The New School. She speaks about efforts to strengthen urban food sheds, including strategies to link urban and rural areas and the roles that cities can play in rebuilding food systems.
The event is sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center.
Nevin Cohen is Co-Chair of the Tishman Environment & Design Center at The New School. Dr. Cohen is an expert in environmental planning who has served as a policy analyst, urban planner, and business advisor. Dr. Cohen is also an Assistant Professor at Eugene Lang College, where he offers courses on environmental planning, food and sustainability, urban environmental policy, and environmental activism.
In addition to his position at The New School, Dr. Cohen co-founded Topology, LLC, an environmental planning and development firm. He has also served as managing principal for GreenOrder, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in sustainable business practices, where he advised companies such as GE, Office Depot, Pfizer, and Pitney Bowes on methods to improve their environmental performance. He has also held senior research positions at Rutgers University's Center for Environmental Communication, Environmental Defense, the World Resources Institute, Tellus Institute, and INFORM. He was responsible for developing landmark municipal recycling, water conservation, and clean fuel laws in New York City as an analyst for the City Council and Manhattan Borough President.
January 1, 2011, Bob Kerrey completed his tenure as seventh President of The New School, a university founded on strong democratic ideals and daring educational practices, an environment that was well suited for his leadership. He also served as New School's President Emeritus from January 1, 2011 to January 31, 2013.
Prior to coming to The New School Bob Kerrey represented Nebraska in the United States Senate. For two terms, Senator Kerrey emphasized the direct connection between citizens and their laws, and made a concerted effort to allow Nebraskans to participate in writing laws that defined the quality and inclusiveness of their health care system, their schools and the safety of their communities. He served on the Senate's Agriculture and Forestry Committee, Senate's Appropriations Committee, Senate's Finance Committee, and last but not least on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he worked to restructure our intelligence agencies to improve their capacity to meet the threats faced by our country. Prior to serving in the U.S. Senate Bob Kerrey served a single term as Nebraska's Governor. He established a reputation as a fiscal conservative who regularly crossed political party lines for the good of Nebraska and the Country.
Bob Kerrey served three years in the United States Navy. While in Vietnam, he was wounded, permanently disabled from the injury, and from this injury received a great gift: Sympathy for those who are suffering and an appreciation for the capacity of government to save your life. Before his time in the Navy Bob Kerrey attended the University of Nebraska graduating in January 1966 with a BS degree in pharmacy. He was born in Lincoln and attended public schools there. In 2002 he published a memoir "When I Was A Young Man."
Bob Kerrey is married to Sarah Paley and lives in New York. The couple has a 12-year-old son, Henry, and Mr. Kerrey has two children from his previous marriage, Ben and Lindsey Kerrey, and four grandchildren.
Kathleen Merrigan is Executive Director of Sustainability at the George Washington University, where she leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative, GW Food Institute, and serves as Professor of Public Policy. 2014 GW sustainability accolades include a “Gold” rating by the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and ranking 12th on the Sierra Club’s list of “Cool Schools.” Merrigan serves as a Board Director for the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and Food Corps, a member of the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund Advisory Committee, Senior Advisor at the Kendall Foundation, and steering committee member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment.