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Melissa Oszustowicz

Senior Vice President

About Melissa

Melissa is Senior Vice President and Head of the Agribusiness Practice, a division of Raines’ Industrial Practice. She brings to the team a deep expertise and rich network in the space, with more than a decade of experience in executive search. Over the course of her career, Melissa has focused on how technology impacts agribusiness on a local and global scale, and her network extends across government to both educational institutions and the private sector.

Industry & Consulting Experience

She joins Raines from Heidrick & Struggles, where she was a Principal in the Industrial Practice, leading agribusiness and food for North America. Prior to that, she was the C.E.O. of an agricultural risk management company serving the United States Department of Agriculture, and other private and public clients in the United States and Pacific Rim. She also served as legal counsel for a large cacao and chocolate company and led the work for the development of a genetic repository located in Hawaii. She began her career in Torts Litigation with General Electric and as an Attorney with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C.

Practice Areas

Agribusiness, a division of Industrial Innovation & Technology


B.A., Bowdoin College

M.A., Syracuse University

J.D., Syracuse University College of Law


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