Leslie Sarasin

Leslie Sarasin

President and CEO
FMI—The Food Industry Association

Leslie G. Sarasin is the president and chief executive officer of FMI–The Food Industry Association. FMI is a champion for the food industry and the issues that make a difference to its members’ fundamental mission of feeding and enriching society. The reach and impact of the association’s work is extensive, ultimately touching the lives of over 100 million households in the United States and representing an $800 billion industry with nearly six million employees.

Under Sarasin’s leadership, FMI has emerged as a member-centered organization helping food retailing venues find new and future-facing ways of feeding families and enriching lives. A committed collaborator, Sarasin has infused FMI with a vision of cooperative action that amplifies the association’s ability to assist its members in addressing the critical industry issues of the day.

Prior to joining FMI more than a decade ago, Sarasin spent 19 years at the American Frozen Food Institute, serving as president and CEO for the last nine of those years. She also held positions at the National Food Brokers Association, Crest International Corporation and Salomon Brothers. Sarasin holds a J.D. from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in economics from Smith College.

Sarasin is admitted to practice law in California and the District of Columbia. Her professional, social and personal commitments are reflected through service on the boards of the Partnership for a Healthier America, National Chamber Foundation, the Congressional Hunger Center, the Corporate Advisory Board of So Others Might Eat (SOME) and Gonzaga College High School. Additional leadership roles include membership on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Committee of 100 and active participation in the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C.

Sarasin has been recognized multiple times among Supermarket News’ Power Fifty, Progressive Grocer’s list of Top Women in Grocery and Mass Market Retailers’ Most Influential Women. She was awarded the prestigious Hospitality Good Scout Award by the Boy Scouts of America in 2019. In 2021, Sarasin was named Association CEO of the Year by CEO Update.