At the Food Lab we like to work with individuals who bring both technical expertise and leadership capabilities to listen across functions and organizations. Jessie brings both of these qualities to her work along with a clear sense of the balance between process and implementation.
— Elizabeth Reaves, Sustainable Food Lab


Jessie Deelo, Founder

Jessie Deelo brings diverse experience as a strategist and implementer for sustainable food and farm systems, including supply chains and sourcing, farm operations, academic research, and community development programs. She is a proven professional with a record of delivering high impact consulting services for food brand owners and farm supply chain stakeholders with a focus on transitioning to sustainable practices and accessing premium markets. Her well-cultivated network across the entire supply chain is unique and powerful – Jessie connects the dots leading to new premium market opportunities that benefit all.

She has been a commercial farmer, Extension researcher, and director for ag industry and service providers’ networks. Not to mention a farmers’ market manager, a seed certification inspector, mentor to beginning farmers, a teacher and a basketball coach.

Jessie earned her MS in International Agricultural Development from the University of California-Davis and BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jessie lives in Jamaica Plain, MA with her husband and two kids.



I serve clients from across the agricultural value chain. From retailers, brand owners, and investors, to farmers and producers, to food and feed manufacturers, to non-profit organizations and government agencies, I am fortunate to work with companies and people who are passionate about advancing agriculture.


Clients and projects include:

  • Applegate Farms, Non-GMO Project Verification
  • PepsiCo and Sustainable Food Lab, PepsiCo’s Sustainable Farming Initiative
  • Pipeline Foods, Sustainable Supply Chains Market Development
  • Market Analysis for Vermont Non-GMO Dairy Farmers
  • Green America, Non-GMO Supply Working Group

Jessie understands supply chain considerations from the ground up and is familiar with the possibilities and challenges at each step. She brings not only enthusiasm, but a unique ability to balance strategy and reality.
— Myla Holmes, Protem Solutions