Sapna E. Thottathil, PhD is a first generation Indian American and the author of India’s Organic Farming Revolution: What it Means for Our Global Food System. She is passionate about finding solutions to global health and environmental problems and has over 10 years of experience in environmental resource management, food and agriculture, and health and nutrition. She is currently an Associate Director of Sustainability in the University of California’s Office of the President.
Sapna has worked on environmental policy and sustainable food supply chains for multiple organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, School Food Focus, and Health Care Without Harm, and has contributed to several articles on sustainable meat procurement, featured in Civil Eats and the American Journal of Public Health. She earned her BA from the University of Chicago, where she was awarded the Udall Scholarship for environmental leadership, before going on to receive an MSc from Oxford University and a PhD in Geography from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship. She currently sits on the Board of Pesticide Action Network, serves as a Council Member for Oakland Food Policy Council, serves as a Food Service Advisor to Plant Based Foods Association, is on the National Advisory Council for the Women, Food and Agriculture Network, and is a Health Equity Expert with the Center for Global Policy Solutions. In her spare time, she enjoys raising chickens, identifying wildflowers and birds, and relearning how to play the piano. She is also working on another book and teaching.
Sapna lives in Oakland, California with her husband and son.