Melanie Fitzpatrick

Ag Industry Expert | Agency Pro

Melanie has decades of corporate, association management and marketing communications agency leadership experience in food and ag. She  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 juxtaposition, 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 earned a 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.


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Melanie combines both keen strategic insight and excellent relationship development skills in her work. She demands and delivers excellence while still managing to encourage and support those around her. She is the consummate professional, always committed to achieving or exceeding organizational goals.
Charlie Arnot
During the time when our industry experienced major trade disruptions and even temporary market closures, I got to see Melanie’s leadership and strategic planning skills at work. She not only communicated our need for market diversification to the soybean industry, but she also helped us think outside the box which led to growth in emerging markets.
Jennifer Geck Ott