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
MBOLD Co-Chair

Sonya Roberts


President, Salt Group
MBOLD Co-Chair

Rick Gomez


Executive Vice President and President of Food & Beverage

Dimitrios Smyrnios portrait.

Dimitrios Smyrnios

Schwan's Co.

Chief Executive Officer
Packaging Circular Economy Champion

Joan Gabel portrait.

Joan Gabel

University of Minnesota

Soil Health & Water Stewardship Champion

Rod Hebrink portrait.

Rod Hebrink

Compeer Financial

President and Chief Executive Officer
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Champion

Peter Frosch portrait.

Peter Frosch


Chief Executive Officer
Talent Champion

Audrey Lucas portrait.

Audrey Lucas

McKinsey & Co.

Senior Partner
Food Security Champion

Shannon Schlecht portrait.

Shannon Schlecht

Agricultural Utilization Research Institute

Executive Director
Innovation & Entrepreneurship Co-Lead

Tamara Nelsen portrait.

Tamara Nelson

Minnesota AgriGrowth Council

Executive Director

Additional MBOLD Leadership

MBOLD Steering Team

Grow North logo.

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Co-Lead

Ecolab logo.

MBOLD Steering Team

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JoAnne Berkenkamp

MBOLD Managing Director


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 exceeds
$250 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.