2019 Seminar

Attendee Impressions



Kellee James

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Ms. James is the founder and chief executive officer of Mercaris, a market information service and online trading platform for organic, non-G.M.O. and other identity-preserved commodities and ingredients. Prior to Mercaris, she spent five years at the start-up company Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), and earlier was appointed by President Barack Obama as a White House Fellow and was Crain’s Chicago Business Magazine “40 under 40” rising leader. Previously, she worked with commodity banks in Latin America on risk management and income diversification strategies. Ms. James serves on the board of Oregon Tilth, a global provider of organic certification services. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Kentucky and a master’s of business administration degree in international development from American University in Washington.

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