As the Director of the Food and Agriculture Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Jonathan Kaplan leads initiatives to reduce antibiotic use in the livestock industry, promote more ecologically-integrated farming systems, and eliminate toxic chemicals and contaminants from the food supply. Kaplan brings a diverse array of strategies to these efforts, including regulatory and legislative advocacy, strategic communications, industry partnerships and coalition building with NGOs and business leaders. Prior to joining NRDC, Kaplan directed programs at San Francisco BayKeeper and Environment California, leading regulatory, legislative and public outreach initiatives addressing pesticides and other pollutants.
Kaplan serves on numerous related boards and advisory groups serving academic, government and non-profit organizations. He has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University and a B.A. in English from Cornell University.