Jessica Fanzo

Johns Hopkins University

Jessica Fanzo, PhD is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food Policy and Ethics at Johns Hopkins University. She holds appointments in the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves as the Director of Hopkins’ Global Food Policy & Ethics Program, and as Director of Food & Nutrition Security at Hopkins’ Alliance for a Healthier World. From 2021 to 2022, Jess was the Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs at SAIS. She currently leads on the development of the Food Systems Dashboard and the Food Systems Countdown Initiative, in collaboration with GAIN. She also serves on the Food Systems Economic and EAT-Lancet 2.0 Commissions and the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on an International Platform for Food Systems Science. Jess’s research focuses on sustainable food systems and their impacts on healthy and equitable diets in resource constrained contexts.


From 2017 to 2021, she served on various collective endeavors including the first EAT-Lancet Commission, the Cornell Atkinson Center’s Socio-Technical Innovation Bundles for Agri-Food Systems Transformation report, and the Global Panel of Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition Foresight 2.0 report. During that time, she was also the Editor-in-Chief for the Global Food Security Journal, the Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the Co-Chair of the Global Nutrition Report and Team Leader for the UN High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Systems and Nutrition.


Before coming to Hopkins, Jess held positions at Columbia University’s Earth Institute and College of Medicine, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN), the UN World Food Programme, Bioversity International, and the Millennium Development Goal Centre at the World Agroforestry Center in Kenya. In 2021, she published her first book, Can Fixing Dinner Fix the Planet? and co-wrote Global Food Systems, Diets, and Nutrition: Linking Science, Economics, and Policy. Fanzo holds a Ph.D. in nutrition from the University of Arizona and completed a Stephen I. Morse postdoctoral fellowship in immunology in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Columbia University.

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