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Molly Jahn is Professor of Agronomy and Genetics, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and former Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has had a distinguished research career in plant genetics, genomics, and plant breeding of vegetable crops focusing on molecular genetics of disease resistance and quality traits. She has also worked extensively in developing countries to link crop breeding with improved human nutrition and welfare using innovative approaches to inter-sector partnerships, engagement with emerging institutions, and integrated projects focused on impact and technology transfer. Dr. Jahn has numerous publications, lectureships, and awards for her research, teaching, service, and extension. She has served on boards and advisory groups including The AVRDC World Vegetable Center and World Dairy Expo, and founded and directed the Public Seed Initiative and the Organic Seed Partnership. She was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2006. In 2009–10, she was called to Washington to provide interim leadership as Deputy Under-Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the US Department of Agriculture. In 2011, she was chosen to be one of eleven members on the new CGIAR Commission on Sustainable Agriculture and Climate Change.