Shelley Feist

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Shelley Feist

Partnership for Food Safety Education (501 c 3 nonprofit)
Executive Director

Years with company:  11 years

Education degrees and professional/volunteer organizations:
BS University of Minnesota, Moorhead

Mentors and how have they assisted you in your career: Tim Hammonds, formerly with FMI, and Bryan Silbermann, President and CEO of the Produce Marketing Association, are both former volunteer chairmen of the Partnership’s board that I had the pleasure of working with when I first started.  Both instilled in me the founding spirit of the Partnership which is around collaboration and cooperation of public/private sectors in the interest of the health of American consumers.   Working with them both helped me to carry forward those important foundational values as the Partnership grew and changed.

What are you most proud of in your career achievements? Do you have a defining moment oyour career to dateMy career has been entirely in government and in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors.  It is fantastic to be able to work for important causes and make a living doing it.  I’m very proud to be steward of an organization that was forged out of mutual commitment around an important consumer health issue and that has kept together its’ public-private partnership form.

Most challenging part of your job: Producing high impact results with limited financial and human resources.

Advice for upcoming younger executives: You have to be very conscious in leadership.  It is a discipline and a meditation – it isn’t something you add to your skill set.

Hobbies: Naturalist classes;  nostalgic homemaking; drives and walks.