Mary Jane Melendez

Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation, Global Philanthropy and Volunteerism

Mary Jane’s responsibilities include leadership of General Mills’ global charitable giving and volunteerism.  Mary Jane is responsible for the Foundation’s global strategy; ensuring core corporate values, best practices, and innovation from General Mills’ non-profit partnerships, signature philanthropic programs, global grant-making, and community and employee outreach programs.  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.

General Mills
General Mills, the founding member of Partners in Food Solutions, is one of the world’s leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Cargill is an international producer and marketer of food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services. Founded in 1865, the privately held company employs 150,000 people in 70 countries.
Bühler is a global leader in the field of process engineering, in particular production technologies and services for producing foods and manufacturing advanced materials. Bühler operates in over 140 countries and has a over 10,000 employees worldwide.
Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
The Hershey Company, headquartered in Hershey, PA, is a global confectionery leader known for bringing goodness to the world through its chocolate, sweets, mints and other great-tasting snacks.
Ardent Mills
Ardent Mills is dedicated to helping our customers innovate and grow, with the industry’s broadest range of flours, mixes, blends and specialty products.