Sapna Thottathil

Sapna Thottathil, PhD, is a researcher and advocate of sustainable food systems, from production to consumption.

She is currently a National Program Associate for the nation-wide Healthy Food in Health Care program of Health Care Without Harm and Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she is promoting large-scale sustainable food purchasing in health care institutions, and organizing advocacy efforts around antibiotics in food animal agriculture.

She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, where she conducted ethnographic field work to research organic farming movements in South India with a Fulbright Fellowship. She earned her Master’s degree from Oxford University in Environmental Change and Management, where she researched consumer attitudes around food miles, Fair Trade foods, and local foods, utilizing surveys and focus groups. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies.

Sapna has also worked on environmental policy for the U.S. EPA, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change research in the UK. She is a 2003 recipient of the Udall Scholarship for Environmental Excellence and Leadership, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Udall Alumni Association (President in 2012). Sapna also serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Women’s Environmental Network. In her spare time, Sapna enjoys browsing recipes and cooking, hiking, and identifying wildflowers and birds.