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Jonathan Foley

Executive director of the California Acadamy of Sciences

**Jonathan Foley** is the executive director of the California Academy of Sciences, where he is also the William R. and Gretchen B. Kimball Chair. In this role, he leads one of the world's greenest and most future-focused scientific institutions. His work concentrates on global sustainability and the ecosystems and natural resources on which we depend. Foley joined the Academy in 2014 after spending over two decades leading university- based programs focused on global environmental issues. Most recently, he was the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, where he was also a professor and McKnight Presidential Chair of Global Environment and Sustainability. Foley has published numerous scientific articles, including highly cited works in\_Science\_, \_Nature\_,and the \_Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences\_. He has also written many popular articles, op-eds, and essays for \_National Geographic\_, the \_New York Times\_, \_Scientific American\_, and the \_Guardian\_, among others. His research has been featured on the covers of \_Nature\_, \_National Geographic\_, and \_Scientific American\_. A noted science communicator, Foley’s presentations on global environmental issues have been featured at hundreds of venues, including the Aspen Environmental Forum, the Chautauqua Institution, and TED. Foley has won numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (awarded by President Bill Clinton), the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award, and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. In 2014, he was named winner of the Heinz Award for the Environment.