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Mary Vander Leest


Corporate Communications Manager, UNFI

Mary Vander Leest manages corporate communications for UNFI. Prior to joining the company, she held marketing, communications, public relations and community relations management roles at SUPERVALU, IKEA, United Health Group, and Best Buy. Mary has served as a board member, event co-chair, and volunteer for several Twin Cities arts, health, and civic organizations, both personally and professionally.  She was selected to participate in Leadership Minneapolis, a nine-month series to inform future leaders of critical issues facing the community and inspire them to make a difference through personal commitment and involvement. At UNFI, Mary has organized volunteer and fundraising events for Meals on Wheels, The Food Group, Youth Farm, and Meals from the Heart, all providing hunger relief to Minnesota communities. Most recently, she served as president of the SUPERVALU Foundation.

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