We are pleased to announce the election of new Co-Chairs to the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Scott Cullen, Executive Director of GRACE Communications Foundation in New York City, and Jane Maland Cady, Director of the International Program of the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis, have stepped into this role to provide strategic leadership and direction following on the strong tenure of Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Fellow of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Jane Maland Cady brings with her a deep expertise in food systems and agroecology, as well as experience working globally through McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP). As one of the founding members of the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, she is committed to providing a unique and critical space for foundations to individually and collectively contribute to shifting food systems towards more equity, healthfulness, and resilience.
Jane Maland Cady explains, “Since its inception I have been inspired by the commitment and caring of the members. I believe deeply in the impact areas of the Global Alliance, the way in which the Global Alliance works together, and its commitment to addressing urgent issues facing our one and only planet. It is ‘the what’ and ‘the how’ that makes the work of the GA critically important and through this we can transform food systems.”
“It is not unique that foundations come together and talk, but there are very few examples of foundations leveraging their collective resources, knowledge, and passion into aggressive action. The Global Alliance is the rare example.” – Scott Cullen
Scott Cullen has a particular focus in his own work on the interconnections of food, water, and energy, as well as educating consumers, advocates, and policymakers. He brings with his leadership a commitment to building on our collective efforts, a shared understanding that our planet and food system are in crisis, and a deep belief in the overwhelming urgency to address the problems we face.
Cullen states that, “I have always been impressed by how the Global Alliance has worked with the requisite intensity to coordinate learning, strategy, and funding, and to be aggressive while we seek to collectively work smarter and better. It is not unique that foundations come together and talk, but there are very few examples of foundations leveraging their collective resources, knowledge, and passion into aggressive action. The Global Alliance is the rare example and I look forward to being able to help build upon what we have started and find new and innovative ways for us to ensure a future where agriculture is regenerative and we have healthy people and planet.”
Cullen and Maland Cady build from the strength of the leadership of Guillermo Castilleja, Senior Fellow and Advisor to the President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, who must be thanked for his years of vision, strategic direction, and both thoughtful and challenging commitment to collaboration. In the early years of its development, Castilleja was able to build a strong foundation for the Global Alliance, firmly establishing its culture and purpose: “The Global Alliance brings together philanthropies embracing a diversity of approaches to accomplish their missions, while being committed to joining forces towards a common vision of the future of food. This foundation ‘big tent’ approach is effective in large part because our collaboration is based on principles and strategies we have built together and which allows us to speak with one voice with key actors across the food system.”