SVP of External Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer
Anne Alonzo is a widely respected global food and agriculture leader and has forged a successful and diverse career in the public, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.
Anne presently serves as the Senior VP and Chief Sustainability Officer at Corteva Agriscience where she reports directly to the CEO. At Corteva, Anne sets strategy and leads the External Affairs Function which includes Corporate Communications, Corporate Responsibility, Government and Industry Affairs and Product Advocacy.
Anne previously served as President and CEO of the American Egg Board, the marketing arm of the U.S. egg industry focused on increasing demand for U.S. eggs and egg products. Anne directed national campaigns in advertising, public relations, consumer education, retail, foodservice, export marketing and egg nutrition via its Egg Nutrition Center.
Before joining the AEB, Anne was appointed by the White House to serve as Administrator of the federal marketing agency for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). As Administrator, Anne oversaw a multi-billion-dollar budget and a 4,300-person workforce entrusted with facilitating the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products.
Anne also served as Vice President, Global Public Policy, Corporate Affairs at Kraft Foods leading all global corporate affairs work in the areas of sustainability, tariffs, tax, trade and health and wellness. She also directed the Global Issues Management team tasked with identifying and addressing risk and reputational issues impacting one of the world’s largest food companies. While at Kraft Foods, she was selected as the first woman to Chair the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF), an agriculturally-based, non-profit organization representing more than 85 percent of the global chocolate industry in support of sustainable cocoa farming practices.
Prior to Kraft Foods, Anne was the Senior Vice President at the National Foreign Trade Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary at the International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; Environmental Attaché to the U.S. Embassy, Mexico City coinciding with the NAFTA negotiations and Senior Regional Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region V, Chicago, IL.
A Chicago native, she holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law.
Anne is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and is a Member of The Chicago Network, an invitation only organization of Chicago’s leading professional women. Anne is a Fellow, National Association of Corporate Directors and Member, Latino Corporate Directors Association. Anne recently served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Council on Agriculture, Small Business and Labor.
Anne has received many recent awards: Top 100 Most Influential Latinas/2020 by Latino Leaders, Chicago United’s People of Color Award, Latino Leaders “Maestro Award”, “Whose Who” in Hispanic Chicago by Negocios Now, Corporate Excellence Award by Remy Martin and LATINO Magazine’s “Brava” (courage) award for exemplary leadership supporting and mentoring Latinas across the United States.