Mary Jane Melendez

Mary Jane Melendez

Executive Director, General Mills Foundation

Mary Jane Melendez is the Executive Director of the General Mills Foundation where she leads the company’s charitable giving and corporate volunteerism efforts. Mary Jane is responsible for the Foundation’s global philanthropic strategy; ensuring core corporate values, best practices, and innovation inform General Mills’ non-profit partnerships, signature philanthropic programs, global grant-making, and community and employee engagement programs.

Mary Jane serves as a member of The Conference Board’s Philanthropy and Engagement Council and the National Council on Foundations Corporate Advisory Group.

In addition to her role leading the Foundation, Mary Jane serves on the boards of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, Partners in Food Solutions, the Dougherty Family College at the University of St. Thomas; as well as the Georgetown University New Strategies Program Advisory Council.

Mary Jane’s strategic business leadership was recently recognized by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal as a 2018 40 Under 40 Award Winner. She was named one of Latino Leaders’ Top Latina Executives in Corporate America in 2018.