Molly  Jahn

Molly Jahn

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Molly Jahn is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, holding appointments in the Department of Agronomy, the Laboratory of Genetics, and the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment and serves as special advisor to the Provost for sustainability sciences. From 2006-2011, she served as dean of the University of Wisconsin's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. In 2009-10, she was called to Washington, DC to provide interim leadership as Deputy and Acting Under Secretary of Research, Education and Economics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her research programs at University of Wisconsin and Cornell University have produced vegetable varieties grown for subsistence and commercially on six continents. In 2011, she was selected to represent the U.S. on the Commission for Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change, has served on the boards of Plant Cell, the World Vegetable Centre and the Board of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the U.S. National Research Council/National Academies of Science and chairs the scientific advisory committee of the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorates at DOE's Oak Ridge National Lab. She has consulted widely for seed and food companies, for philanthropic organizations and venture capital.