GVP, Corporate Affairs, The Kroger Co.
Jessica focuses on reputation management, including external communications and brand public relations, environmental sustainability and social responsibility, media, government and regulatory affairs, crisis management, cause-marketing and corporate philanthropy, community relations and associate communications and engagement. She also has the privilege of serving as the President of The Kroger Co. Foundation.
A native Washingtonian, Jessica graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College as a Russian Area Studies major and lived in the former Soviet Union for several years in the 1990s. She earned an MBA from the Wharton School and a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. She has an executive certificate in International Trade Issues from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
She has spent her career in the food and agriculture industry, starting in Russia with Monsanto and then with Cargill, where she worked on biotechnology and nutrition issues that impact the food value chain plus strategic account relationship management with the U.S. government. Most recently, she served as senior vice president for Corporate Affairs at Syngenta North America and ran their Washington, D.C. office.
Jessica holds numerous leadership positions within the food and agriculture industry and was named to agriculture’s “40 Under 40,” PR News’ “Top Women in PR,” and one of Progressive Grocers’ executive “Top Women in Grocery.” She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum D.C. Chapter.
She serves on the board of directors for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Center for Food Integrity, and as a trustee for the Cincinnati Museum Center and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra boards. She is proud to support her husband, Doug, on the board for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, which they frequent with their three young children.