Mary Jane Melendez

Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer, President of General Mills Foundation

Mary Jane’s responsibilities include leadership of General Mills’s global sustainability efforts as well as serving as President of the General Mills Foundation. Her role combines accountability for taking care of our planet and nourishing our communities in an effort to amplify the impact of General Mills as a global force for good. Mary Jane partners closely with the commercial and supply chain teams to develop and execute strategies that continue to position GMI as a leader in global responsibility. Mary Jane is active in her community serving on the boards of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Mill City Summer Opera, as well as Partners in Food Solutions.  She received her MBA and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

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