Melissa Hughes

Chief Mission Officer/General Counsel
Organic Valley


Melissa is General Counsel for Organic Valley, the nation’s largest and oldest organic dairy cooperative. Melissa, who says her “passion for organic agriculture, food and people is really my compass, and what better fit for me than serving a co-op of revolutionary-minded farmers creating a better future? I come to work every day trying to change the world.”

Melissa is serving her second term as board president for the Organic Trade Association, as well as serving on the USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (appointed by USDA Secretary Vilsack) and the Environmental Working Group.


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