Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis
Tom Tomich joined the University of California Davis faculty in January 2007. He is founding director of the UC Davis Agricultural Sustainability Institute, inaugural holder of W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at UC Davis, and a professor in both the departments of human and community development, and environmental science and policy. He also serves as director of the UC statewide Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SAREP). Tomich was principal economist for the World Agroforestry Centre from 1994-2006. During that time, he worked with the ASB Partnership for the Tropical Forest Margins, first in Southeast Asia and then as ASB global coordinator, based in Nairobi, Kenya, leading long-term collaborative partnerships at sites in the Amazon, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia aimed at raising productivity and income of rural households without increasing deforestation or undermining essential environmental services. Before that, Tomich spent 10 years as a policy advisor and institute associate with the Harvard Institute for International Development and served as a lecturer in economics and in public policy at Harvard University.