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Jennifer Kushner joins CALS Global as assistant director

Jennifer Kushner will join CALS Global as assistant director on Dec. 1. She comes to CALS from UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension where she has been providing leadership for systems approaches to program development and evaluation, as well as water research and education. With CALS Global, Kushner will focus on project management and development, grant and contract administration, outreach and general administration. Her starting priorities include supporting faculty, staff and students through existing and new efforts, developing strategy and capacity systems, partnership development, integration of research, education and extension, and building a robust resource base.

“What I am most excited about is creating conditions, alongside Guna and others, for CALS Global to achieve its mission-vision of ‘facilitating and promoting international engagement of the CALS community’ in order to ‘be a leader in the land grant system for global agricultural impact,'” says Kushner.

While she was born in Chicago and spent her early childhood years there, as well as in Miami and Maine, Kushner considers herself a Madison native. Growing up not far from the CALS end of campus, she has fond memories of biking to the Babcock Hall Dairy Store to eat ice cream and to the Stock Pavilion to watch animals.  She has a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from CALS, an M.S. in Continuing and Vocational Education from UW–Madison, and an EdD in Adult and Continuing Education from National-Louis University. Her master’s research focused on ecotourism and sustainable forestry in Belize, and her doctoral research looked at the leadership of Nobel laureate Wangari Maathai and her role in linking social, environmental and economic change. Kushner has always been interested in the role of education for bringing about large-scale societal change, as well as everyday improvements in the lives of ordinary people.

She can be reached at: kushner@wisc.edu.

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