Jessica Mullan leads diverse aspects of our advanced measurement systems to understand our sustainability impacts and help manage for success. As the Director of Measurement Systems for the Committee on Sustainability Assessment, she has led strategic projects with leading companies, governments and international organizations including the development of the FAO’s Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture Systems (SAFA) smallholder indicators and survey instruments, and the Global Coffee Platform Data Project developing common global metrics, ontologies, and data standards. She has also developed the monitoring and evaluation systems being used by a number of leading global organizations and multi-national firms to assess the sustainability practices in their supply chains.
Jessica frequently writes and presents on sustainability measurement topics, especially on how businesses can better engage sustainability in their own supply chains through more accessible measurement and management tools. Her most recent publication is a textbook chapter for Sustainable Global Value Chains entitled “Performance Monitoring: An Agile New Tool for Facilitating Sustainability in Value Chains.”
Her prior work focused on the technical aspects of Agriculture and Climate Change and she helped develop and pilot a greenhouse gas calculator (The Cool Farm Tool) for farms as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation projects while at the Sustainable Food Lab. She has consulted to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on issues of information and communication technology for development on agriculture, health and gender initiatives. Jessica’s own research on sustainability has gone beyond supply chains to include sectors such as the development of technology industries, particularly the IT services sector, in Mexico. Jessica holds a B.A. from Boston University in International Relations and an M.S. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis.