Tannis Thorlakson's research looks at food retailer and manufacturers' role in improving social and environmental outcomes in their agricultural supply chains. Her current research projects include examining the role food retailers play in improving environmental management practices at the farm level and assessing alternative sourcing solutions to sustainable cocoa production in West Africa.
After receiving her BA in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University, Tannis worked at New Island Capital, an impact-investing firm based out of San Francisco. While at New Island, Tannis focused on sustainable farmland and timberland investments while also evaluating early-stage ventures in the food, energy and environmental sectors. Tannis has also spent time doing agricultural field research in Kenya with the World Agroforestry Centre, consulting for Los Grobo, a large-scale agricultural firm in Argentina and working with the agriculture technology non-profit Digital Green based in Delhi, India. Tannis is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Stanford Graduate Fellowship award recipient. In her free time Tannis enjoys cross-country skiing, surfing and backpacking in the mountains of California and Washington State.
Current Research and Scholarly Interests
Tannis examines food retailers and manufacturers' role in improving social and environmental outcomes in their agricultural supply chains.