Staff Bios

Bill Kuckuck
President, CropLife Foundation

Mr. Kuckuck has served as President of the CropLife Foundation since October 2009. Prior to CropLife Foundation, Kuckuck served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the American Farmland Trust (AFT), a Washington headquartered organization committed to helping farmers and ranchers protect their land, produce a healthier environment and build successful rural communities. In addition to the Foundation Mr. Kuckuck is the COO and Executive Vice President of CropLife America. Mr. Kuckuck’s professional experience includes several senior management positions in the food and agriculture sectors, having served as managing director of Marine Harvest Europe, president of Tyson Foods International and group chairman of Ralston Purina Asia/Pacific, among others.

Mr. Kuckuck, a contributing author of ‘The Future of North American Animal Agriculture,’ has also served as a lecturer on corporate governance at the University of Arkansas and was a featured speaker on the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.

Mr. Kuckuck holds a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Wisconsin, Madison in Agricultural Business Management and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Rockhurst University. He has also completed executive programs in International Management and Logistics/Supply Chain Management. In addition, Mr. Kuckuck is an active volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and the United Way.

Sarah McLallen
Executive Director, CropLife Foundation

Sarah McLallen is the Executive Director of the CropLife Foundation and the Director of the CropLife America (CLA) Stewardship Initiatives.  Before joining CLA in December 2012, she was a Senior Director at the Chlorine Chemistry Council and a Director in the Chemical Products Division at the American Chemistry Council.  Additionally, she was a Federal Grantee at the US EPA National Environmental Health Effects Research Lab.  She holds a BS in Biology from Michigan Tech University and a MSPH in Biochemical Toxicology and Environmental Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Leonard Gianessi

Leonard Gianessi served as The Director of the CropLife Foundation’s Crop Protection Research Institute since the Institute’s creation in January, 2004 until December 31, 2012. Prior to joining CPRI Leonard spent 10 years as a Senior Research Associate at the National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy and 14 years as a Fellow with Resources For the Future. During his tenure at NCFAP and RFF Mr. Gianessi became an expert on pesticide use and agricultural biotechnology for pest management.

Mr. Gianessi has been widely published on issues of pesticide policy, regulation, and use data and agricultural biotechnology and his pesticide use database, the National Pesticide Use Database, remains the only national, comprehensive, publicly available pesticide use database for the United States. Mr. Gianessi has testified before several U.S. House committees, and made over 200 presentations to a wide variety of governmental, university, industry, and scientific conference audiences over the past ten years. Mr. Gianessi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs from George Washington University. Mr. Gianessi serves on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Technology Information Center.

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