Tom is founding director of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at the University of California at Davis, inaugural holder of the WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, and professor of community development, environmental science, and policy. He also is director of the University of California’s statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Tom’s expertise is in agriculture and farming systems, economic development strategy and policy, and natural resource management. He has worked in a dozen countries in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including significant periods based in Egypt, Indonesia, Kenya, and now back in his home state of California. Before joining UC Davis in 2007, he worked for the World Agroforestry Centre (1994-2006) and Harvard University (1984-1994). He received his BA in economics from UC Davis and his PhD in Food Research (agricultural economics) from Stanford University. Tom was raised on a small-scale family farm in Orangevale, California (near Sacramento).

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