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Melanie Fitzpatrick

Melanie Fitzpatrick

Melanie Fitzpatrick,  is the Vice President of Operations at the Center for Food Integrity. With decades of corporate, association management and marketing communications agency leadership experience, Melanie brings food and ag industry expertise in the areas of public affairs, marketing, policy, communications, and program management.  This multi-disciplinary background enables her to interpret and weave together many complex interactions among the different aspects of the food and ag space.

Melanie approaches both business and life with an uncharacteristic balance of the emotional and practical.  Because of this right-brained, left-brained confluence, when engaging with audiences, Melanie enjoys tying together the genuine human-interest stories of food and agriculture with the very pragmatic business implications.  These “narratives with a purpose” can lead to meaningful takeaways for audiences.

Melanie holds Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, where she graduated summa cum laude.

An avid equestrian, Melanie enjoys competing in English hunter shows whenever her busy travel schedule allows. She and her family are also devoted dog lovers, having rescued many orphans over the years.  The latest of which, a “failed foster,” distressed German Shepherd, is now thriving with proper nutrition and vet care.  When not at the barn, Melanie can be found baking something delicious or scouring recipes to find a new culinary challenge.