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Timothy LaSalle


Timothy J. LaSalle is CEO of the Rodale Institute, an internationally recognized leader in regenerative organic agricultural research, advocacy and education. LaSalle is the first CEO of the non-profit organization in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, which was founded in 1947 to explore the scientific foundation of organic agriculture.

Since he began work at the Institute in July 2007, he has engaged national and international policy planners on how organic farming can address the global challenges of famine prevention, global warming and human nutrition.

Previously, he was executive director of the Northwest Earth Institute in Portland, Oregon from 2006-2007, and served as interim executive director of the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo County during a time of his advanced studies. From 2003 to 2005 he was executive director of the Savory Center, an international non-profit who mission is to restore and regenerate deteriorating landscapes for the people dependent on that land.

As president and CEO of the California Agricultural Leadership Program from 1986 to 2003, he directed an annual class of outstanding leaders in their fellowship studies in more than 80 nations while greatly expanding the program’s resource base. From 1974 to 1986 he was a full professor at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), where he taught a range of dairy science classes.

He has served on many nonprofit boards, committees and leadership groups, including roles with the Kellogg Leadership Alliance and Chaired an International Call to Action on Sustainability at EARTH University in Costa Rica.

LaSalle has completed a Ph.D. in depth psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute. He holds a master’s degree in Populations Genetics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a bachelor’s in science from California Polytechnic State University.