Our Coalition

MBOLD mobilizes Minnesota's globally leading concentration of food and agriculture leadership to develop practical solutions to global challenges facing the food and agriculture sectors.

Our members include major companies operating across the food and agriculture supply chain as well as researchers, nonprofits and other partners helping drive the future of food.

MBOLD Executive Council

Jeff Harmening

General Mills

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Rick Gomez


Executive Vice President and President of Food & Beverage
Innovation Champion

Dimitrios Smyrnios portrait.

Dimitrios Smyrnios

Schwan's Co.

Chief Executive Officer
Circular Economy Champion

Heather Tansey


Vice President Environmental Sustainability

Shashank Priya

University of Minnesota

Vice President of Research

Jase Wagner

Compeer Financial

President and Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneurship Champion

Peter Frosch portrait.

Peter Frosch


Chief Executive Officer

Audrey Lucas portrait.

Audrey Lucas

McKinsey & Co.

Senior Partner

Shannon Schlecht portrait.

Shannon Schlecht

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Executive Director
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Co-Lead

Tamara Nelsen portrait.

Tamara Nelsen

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council

Executive Director

Additional MBOLD Leadership

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Entrepreneurship Co-Lead and MBOLD Steering Team

MBOLD Steering Team


JoAnne Berkenkamp
MBOLD Managing Director

Tamara Downs Schwei
MBOLD Project Manager


Coalition Facts

Our members reach consumers in more than 125 countries
around the world
MBOLD members source their products across more
than 100 countries worldwide
Annual revenue among MBOLD members are nearly
$300 billion per year

MBOLD is powered by

MBOLD is an initiative of Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Economic Development Partnership. The Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul region leads the world in inclusive economic growth by welcoming all, empowering talent and igniting innovation. The GREATER MSP Partnership accelerates regional competitiveness and inclusive economic growth through job creation, capital investment and execution of strategic initiatives. Learn more here.