As executive director of sustainability at George Washington University, Dr. Kathleen Merrigan leads the GW Sustainability Collaborative and GW Food Institute. She also serves as co-chair of AGree, board director of Food Corps and Marrone Bio Innovations, and steering committee member of the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for Science and the Environment. Kathleen was deputy secretary and COO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (2009-2013), where she led the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative to support local food systems, was a key architect of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and was the first woman to chair the Ministerial Conference of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Kathleen holds a Ph.D. in environmental planning and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a MPA from the University of Texas, and a B.A. from Williams College. In 2010, Time magazine named Kathleen among the 100 most influential people in the world.