Founding Council

Princeton Studies Food cofounders and its founding Council members are Timothy Searchinger, research scholar at WWS-STEP; Kelly Caylor, associate professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and director, Program in Environmental Studies; Gordon Douglas MD ’55 and Sheila Mahoney; Holly Welles, communications manager for Princeton Environmental Institute; Lyndon Estes, associate research scholar, WWS-STEP and lecturer, PEI; and Karla Cook, longtime food journalist, former restaurant critic for The New York Times and a founder of the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative, a food literacy nonprofit that focuses its efforts on grades K-12 in the public schools. Rozalie Czesana ’18, who is studying public policy and its effects on food and agriculture, is our student member.

Gordon and Sheila were inspired to work on food issues after auditing Practical Ethics, the popular class taught by Peter Singer, a philosopher professor at Princeton University. The two provided seed funding to Searchinger for two food-related conferences. Read their story in Giving to Princeton: “Feeding the World Sustainably: Princeton Gets to Work,” here.


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