Building Bridgesfrom Farm to People
What I Do
Monica Gelinas helps organizations grow sustainably with realistic operations strategies.
Guided by her comprehensive background in food systems, Monica has worked and advised on every step of the supply chain—agriculture, manufacturing, distribution, and retail.
Whether you’re a start-up or legacy brand, Monica can translate your vision and values into practical next steps. While chefs create food and marketers create content, Monica’s leadership capabilities connect the dots, converting big ideas into road maps. Commercialization, strategic sourcing, and team Grit Work may never show up on your social media feed, but these are the crucial issues that matter when it comes to quality and quality culture.
With a cross-stakeholders approach, Monica’s wide-ranging expertise facilitates the journey.
Starting my bio with childhood memories of my grandmother’s cooking would be lovely, but it would also be untrue. The real story is that my interest in food began with eating in hometown Jersey diners, where I received my BS at the Cornell Hotel School. From there, my journey has been inspired by teachers and mentors where I have learned from some of the best visionaries in food and hospitality.
What I Do
Simply Put, I Build Bridges from Farm to People
For more than twenty years, I’ve been fostering trust across an intergenerational, culturally diverse supply chain that spans rural and urban settings. I bring true grit from the field to the boardroom.
When it comes to developing local-artisan and global-commodity networks, I know firsthand just how much distribution relies on people effort. With my steadfast commitment and unique skill set, I help streamline these efforts to get the job done.
Fractional Chief Commercial/Strategic Sourcing Officer
Team Mentoring + Stakeholder Facilitation
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging (DEIB) Team Building
Board Member Engagement
Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain
Supply Risk Analysis
Cost of Goods Optimization
New Product Development (NPD) Lead with Marketing + Sales
CPG, Foodservice, Business & Institutions start-up to commodity
Concept-to-Market Strategy, specialty in prepared and perishable