Dr. Julie Nash is director of the food and forests team at Ceres.
Julie works with investors and corporations to reduce the risk associated with Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in global supply chains. As part of this work, Julie leads Ceres' company research and projects on key food supply chains, with a particular focus on commodities associated with deforestation and illegal fishing. Her current focus areas include communicating business risks stemming from ESG issues and creating decision-support tools for asset managers and pensions funds.
Julie brings to Ceres an extensive food supply chain and environmental issues background. Prior to joining Ceres, Julie was a project leader with the CGIAR program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. During that time, she developed specialization in quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from crop and livestock systems and identifying climate change mitigation options in developing countries. Julie earned her PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where she conducted research on certifications and sustainability standards in aquaculture systems.
In addition to her food supply chain research, Julie has nearly 15 years of direct experience in corporate sustainability, including marketing and new product development roles at Unilever, Ben & Jerry’s, and Kraft Foods. She holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BS from Cornell University.