Angela Fredericks Anderson is vice president of food chain outreach for the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, a sustainability division of the farmer-funded organization, Dairy Management Inc. In her role, Anderson engages with global and domestic retail, foodservice, and CPG brands to find shared value between their responsible sourcing initiatives and dairy farmer priorities. Ultimately, Anderson strives to find opportunities for the dairy value chain to collaborate and build synergies focused on the key social responsibility areas of animal care, environment, food safety, and worker welfare.
Growing up on a small pig and crop farm in northern Iowa, Anderson brings real-world agriculture experience to her work with commodity agriculture organizations, informing her perspective on emerging, hot topic agricultural issues. She prides herself on working hard to represent the farmer’s voice in the corporate board room while also striving to share the customer voice directly to farmer leaders to ensure a shared perspective on challenging issues.
Anderson has built her career on stakeholder engagement, education, and leadership development. Prior to joining the Innovation Center, she worked for the National Pork Board as manager of channel communications and manager of food chain outreach for nearly five years. She also led leadership development for the Iowa FFA Foundation as director of the FFA enrichment center, served as freshman academic advisor in agricultural education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and acted as a leadership consultant for Sigma Kappa Sorority. Anderson holds a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in educational policy and administration and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University in public service and administration in agriculture.
Angela lives in San Marcos, Texas with her husband, Ryan, an assistant professor in agriculture education at Texas State University. They have two children, Payton and Jake, and a mini schnauzer and blue heeler.