University of California
The Global Food Initiative: A conversation with Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano was named president of the University of California in 2013. In 2014—together with UC's 10 chancellors—she launched the UC Global Food Initiative. Its focus is external—how UC translates research into policy and helps communities eat more sustainably—and internal—how UC leverages its collective buying power and dining practices to create desirable policies and outcomes. Janet’s a distinguished public servant with a record of leading large, complex organizations at the federal and state levels, serving as Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009–2012, and as Governor of Arizona, 2003–2009. She was the first woman to chair the National Governors Association, and was named one of the nation’s top five governors by Time magazine. Janet earned a B.S. degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University and received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2010, she was awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal (Law), the University of Virginia’s highest external honor.