POINT REYES STATION, California – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), a pioneering farmland trust in Marin County, California, today announced that it has selected Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., as the organization’s chief executive. Kreiner will apply his diverse skills, from training the next generation of social entrepreneurs who tackle global environmental and social issues, to building and running businesses dedicated to innovative scientific advancements, to accelerate the work of MALT. aiming to model new methods for sustainable and inclusive agriculture and land. stewardship.
“Thane is passionate about sustainable local food production as well as global efforts to improve health and wellness,” said Neil Rudolph, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MALT. “After 40 years of success, MALT recognizes the need to explore new tools and initiatives to ensure the economic and environmental success of our farmers and ranchers, both today and for generations to come. We are casting a wide net for the role of CEO, and the Board of Directors is confident that Thane’s unique experience will be invaluable in helping MALT achieve its long-term aspirations.
“Working with the MALT team provides a unique opportunity to unite my personal and professional passions,” said Kreiner. “MALT was the country’s first agricultural land trust, and its pioneering spirit is part of its organizational identity. Along with the rest of the MALT team, I am excited to engage the community to advance best practices for regenerative, inclusive local food systems that can be implemented at regional, national and global levels.
MALT has played a vital role in preserving open spaces and farmland in Marin County since its founding in 1980, having permanently protected over 54,000 acres of productive farmland to date. Recently, the organization has increasingly worked with its partners to promote sustainable agricultural practices that help protect shared natural resources, such as clean air, clean water, healthy soils and habitat. wildlife, as well as sequestering carbon and promoting climate resilience.
Leveraging Kreiner’s Strengths to Power MALT’s Future
In an illustrious career spanning nearly 30 years, Kreiner has served as CEO, Executive Director, Board Director and Independent Advisor to numerous organizations, all with one goal: to catalyze transformation at the corporate level. systems through innovation and entrepreneurship, while demonstrating a strong commitment to social, climate and racial justice.
“I have had the privilege of working with impact investors, social entrepreneurs, researchers and other global innovators who help promote climate resilience, harness genetic advancements to improve human health and reduce poverty. among the poorest people on the planet, ”Kreiner said. “I look forward to applying the full breadth of my experience to developing the vision for MALT. ”
For a decade as executive director of the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Santa Clara, one of the world’s leading social enterprise accelerators, Kreiner led strategy and secured funding to accelerate more than 1,000 social enterprises in 100 countries, which has positively impacted the lives of over 450 million people around the world with solutions such as clean energy, sustainable agriculture, clean water, health and l economic empowerment of women.
Prior to the Miller Center, Kreiner spent 17 years creating, building and managing life science companies, including pioneering biotech company Affymetrix, as well as several new ventures in regenerative medicine, drug discovery against cancer and the microbiome.
He sits on the board of directors of Conservation X Labs, which promotes innovative solutions to end human-made extinction, and recently co-founded the Black Corporate Board Readiness program, designed to accelerate diversity in corporate governance. business.
Lisa Poncia, MALT Board Member and Co-Owner and Operator of Stemple Creek Ranch, said, “Our planet is facing an urgent climate crisis, and it is imperative to identify and implement sustainable farming practices. that provide nourishing food for everyone, everywhere. Marin County Agriculture is leading the way in modeling how local food systems can be part of the solution. We are delighted to welcome Thane to our organization and lead MALT to make our vision a reality.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1980 to permanently preserve Marin County’s farmland and make Marin County a thriving farming community in a healthy and diverse natural environment. Some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed dairy and meat products and organically grown crops are produced on MALT protected farmland, which totals over 54,000 acres on 86 family farms and ranches. To learn more about MALT, visit malt.org.
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