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2016 Call for Positions

On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.

2016 approved CE positions

January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).

The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:

The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.

The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

103 Healthy and Sustainable Nutrition Specialist

Provide leadership in research and outreach that integrates human nutrition and environmental sustainability.

Proposed Location/Housing

ANR Nutrition Policy Institute, Oakland, CA

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



June 29, 2016

To the Committee for the Selection of Healthy and Sustainable Nutrition Specialist,

My name is Peter Nico, I am a staff scientist and head of the geochemistry department within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley National Laboratory. I also serve as the Berkeley Lab representative to the U.C. Global Food Initiative.

I have been working with staff at the Nutrition Policy Institute on relationships between climate change, agricultural production and nutritional impacts, particularly on vulnerable populations who make use of food banks. When we discuss our project with outside parties, we always receive enthusiastic confirmation that this is an interesting question. However progress has been slow due to the fact that there are very few people actually working at the nexus of these areas. We see great value in having specialized expertise at the Nutrition Policy Institute focused on the intersection of diet/nutrition and food system/sustainability.

With research on climate change growing rapidly, there is great need for university partners to provide an academic bridge connecting food related, environmental, and behavioral issues. This would be a pioneering and innovative position that could lead to many impactful and important collaborations.

Thank you for your consideration of this proposal. -Peter

Peter Nico, PhD
Staff Scientist
Earth Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
One Cyclotron Rd, 90R1116
Berkeley, CA 94720

Posted Jul 1, 2016 8:40 AM by Claudia Olague
June 24, 2016

Dear Cooperative Extension New Position Committee,

My name is Laura Moreno and I am at UC Berkeley in the Energy and Resources Group. I have worked on food waste issues for the past 7 years, most recently performing national work on food waste measurement and related behaviors alongside the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As part of my work, I have initiated work with the team at the Nutrition Policy Institute on the topic of food waste. Their expertise has been invaluable in shaping the research design of the first ever city-level food waste measurement project in the U.S. (in Nashville, New York City, and Denver). I believe that it is crucial to have the Institute working collaboratively with partners focused on environmental sustainability and other food systems issues. The work in this field is burgeoning, and the University can play an important role in connecting experts working on human nutrition with those working on issues related to environmental sustainability. The shared expertise in these areas can accelerate our ability to solve some of the complex challenges confronting our nation and world. A dedicated position at the University that pairs expertise in food and diet-related behaviors with the behaviors related to environmental sustainability could foster important partnerships and have a tremendous impact. As I understand it now, NPI has a volunteer working with our group, but we have found it so helpful, we urge the University to fund a Healthy and Sustainable Nutrition Specialist position.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions (, 805-441-6833).


Laura Moreno PhD Energy & Resources Group UC Berkeley
Project Manager, NRDC's Cities Food Waste Measurement Project

Posted Jul 1, 2016 8:42 AM by Laura Moreno
June 24, 2016

To: University of California
Agriculture and Natural Resources
Cooperative Extension Selection Panel

From: Dana Gunders
Natural Resources Defense Council

I am a senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council. I have begun to work with staff at the Nutrition Policy Institute on the topic of food waste. We see great value in having specialized expertise at the Institute focused on the intersection of diet/nutrition and food system/sustainability. Our field is growing rapidly and there is great need for university partners to provide an academic bridge connecting food related, environmental, and behavioral issues. To my knowledge, this Cooperative Extension Specialist with specific training and expertise in health, nutrition and food sustainability issues would be a pioneering position and could lead to many impactful and important collaborations.

With regards,

Senior Scientist


Posted Jul 1, 2016 8:43 AM by Claudia Olague
June 24, 2016

Dear Cooperative Extension New Specialist Selection Committee,

It is my understanding that the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute seeks an interdisciplinary
Cooperative Extension position, Healthy and Sustainable Nutrition Specialist, to, in part, advance the environmental sustainability of healthy eating specifically by reducing food waste. Of course, the immediate societal benefits are legion — feeding hungry people, increasing conservation of water, energy and soil…and perhaps allowing growers to create a secondary income stream.

There is urgent and demonstrable need for national UC ANR leadership in this emerging research field with large amounts of white space. Rather than recite numerous facts, please refer to the latest publication:

As co-founder and chair of the pro bono California Food Waste Roundtable, with Sue Sigler, CEO of the California Association of Food Banks, and Craig McNamara, president of the State Board of Food & Agriculture (and organic grower), I can vouch for the validity of the research — the Roundtable played a small role in fomenting ReFed, with our members Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Sarah Vared of Mission Point Partners, supported by Deloitte, one of my firm’s clients.

There are unique and precedential research projects, as cited by ReFed. For example, there is no characterization of on-farm food loss and <5% is recovered. There is no assessment of centralized compost facilities, where, one can intuit, should be viable in a state with five of the nation’s largest ag counties. And with the oncoming state law limiting organic matter in landfills, this is a matter of some concern to local governments.

Glad to provide more details,

Robert J. Gore
The Gualco Group, Inc.
500 Capitol Mall, Suite 2600
Sacramento, CA 95814
Office: 916-441-1392
Cell: 916-501-8104
Posted Jul 1, 2016 8:44 AM by Claudia Olague

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