Kellie Adesina is director of Federal Government Affairs at Kraft Heinz, where she develops and implements advocacy strategies on an array of agricultural issues, including nutrition, specialty crops, food safety, food labeling, and taxes. She previously served in a similar role at Bayer, where she focused on crop science issues like gene editing, biotech, and pesticides. Prior to Bayer, she was chief counsel on the House Agriculture Committee for Chairman Collin C. Peterson, where she successfully drafted several provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill.
Before joining the House Agriculture Committee, Kellie was senior counselor in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, legislative director to then Congresswoman Marcia L. Fudge, and legislative counsel to Congresswoman Judy Chu. However, she started her career on Capitol Hill working for Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, her home state.
Kellie holds a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Bethune-Cookman College. She is a founder and president of Black Professionals in Food and Agriculture (BPFA), a member of the Food Research & Action Center Board of Directors, president of the 1890 Center for Excellence SSWD Advisory Board, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.