Adjunct Instructor

Jennifer Chow is the senior director for climate-resilient food systems at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she brings nearly two decades of experience in the global food security, public health and international development field. She is focused on improving the environmental and economic sustainability of global food systems, both by shifting global processes and working in partnership with marginalized communities in developing countries.

Immediately prior to EDF, she was the director for global engagement and strategy in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, where she helped construct public-private-civil society partnerships for food security and nutrition policies and investments, with a focus on Africa. She negotiated global UN policy documents, led US government interagency processes, helped create USAID’s first multi-sectoral nutrition strategy, and worked with the global development community to address the longer-term social and economic impacts of the COVID19 pandemic.  

Chow teaches Food Security and Development at the Sanford School of Public Policy. She earned an MPH in Global Health Policy from the George Washington University and a bachelor's degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of California - San Diego.