Amanda Traaseth

Director, Operations
Amanda Traaseth

Amanda first learned about PFS while working on her Master’s in International Development Practice at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. Her studies had helped her develop a healthy skepticism about many approaches to development, and she was beginning to wonder what kind of model she could get behind—but PFS’s model stood out to her. In particular, its emphasis on local knowledge and industries, so programs informed by the context where they’re being implemented. Amanda loves working with so many interesting people, including the staff in Africa and the volunteers, and she says she is always learning from them. Before PFS, Amanda worked as a paralegal at an immigration law firm, specializing in clients from Sub-Saharan Africa, and consulted on a number of measurement and evaluation projects addressing poverty and equity issues. Outside of work, Amanda spends a lot of time outdoors, hiking, camping, and connecting with the earth. She also enjoys traveling anywhere, even to the Porcupine Mountains to stay in a yurt in the dead of winter. Favorite destinations include Kenya, Zanzibar, India, and Ecuador.

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.
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.
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.
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.
Inspired by more than 120 years of business success and five generations of family leadership, The J. M. Smucker Company makes food that people and pets love. The Company’s portfolio of 40+ brands, which are found in 90 percent of U.S. homes and countless restaurants, include iconic products consumers have always loved such as Folgers, Jif and Milk-Bone plus new favorites like Café Bustelo, Smucker’s Uncrustables and Rachael Ray Nutrish.