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KATHLEEN FINLAY

PRESIDENT, GLYNWOOD

@GLYNWOODORG

Kathleen Finlay, the President of Glynwood, has been a leader in the regenerative agriculture movement for most of her career. She has also been instrumental in organizing women who work for environmental progress.

In 2012, she became President of Glynwood, an organization at the forefront of the movement to promote local and regenerative agriculture, train young farmers and other food professionals to work within a thriving regional food system, and generally support food systems that promote personal and planetary health.

Since arriving at Glynwood, Ms. Finlay has refined the organization’s mission and become a national figure in the world of progressive agricultural non-profits. Under her leadership, Glynwood has become a premier learning hub for food and farming professionals.

Previously, Kathleen was a Director of Harvard’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, where she developed and shaped programs to educate communities about the correlation between human health and the global environment; created a farm-friendly food policy for dining services; and produced a comprehensive online guide to nutritional, seasonal eating and cooking in the Northeast. She also founded the Harvard Community Garden, the University’s first garden dedicated solely to the production of food. She produced two award-winning documentaries (Once Upon a Tide and Healthy Humans, Healthy Oceans,) and co-authored the book, Sustainable Healthcare (Wiley, 2013).

Kathleen is also the founder of Pleiades, a membership organization working to advance women’s leadership in the sustainability movement.

Ms. Finlay holds a degree in Biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Science Journalism from Boston University. She has authored numerous reports and publications and acts as an advisor to various environmental and community organizations, including Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney’s Agricultural Advisory Board and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s Agricultural Working Group.