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Kathleen Finlay

President, Glynwood
Cold Spring, NY

Prior to joining Glynwood in 2012, Kathleen was the Managing Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, where she helped shape the Center’s programs to educate people about the links between human health and global environmental change, with a focus on food and marine systems.

While at Harvard, Kathleen started the Harvard Community Garden, the University’s first garden dedicated solely to the production of food, and produced the award-winning, educational film Once Upon a Tide about the connections between the ocean and human health.

In addition to her leadership position at Glynwood, Kathleen is the Founder and Board Chair of the Pleiades Network, an organization dedicated to advancing women’s leadership in creating a more sustainable world. She has authored numerous reports and publications and acts as an advisor to various environmental and community organizations, including the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard’s School of Public Health, Harvard Alumni for Agriculture and the Ocean Foundation. Kathleen also serves on both Congressman Maloney’s Agricultural Advisory Board, as well as Senator Gillibrand’s Agricultural Working Group. Originally from California, Kathleen studied marine biology and received a Master’s degree in Science Journalism from Boston University.