Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair
WFP USA Board of Directors
Bonnie Raquet served as Cargill’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs from 2000 until her retirement in 2011, after 29 years of service. In that role she led Cargill’s worldwide corporate affairs activities, including government relations, public relations, brand management, marketing services, government sales and corporate social responsibility, as well as representing Cargill’s global policy interests. Raquet joined Cargill in 1982 as an attorney in its Minneapolis headquarters. After serving as an attorney for Cargill International, S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland from 1985-1987, she returned to Minneapolis and was named senior attorney, leading the international trading, business conduct and maritime legal practices. From 1996-2000, she managed the company’s government and international relations office in Washington, DC, and also served as president of Cargill Technical Services, Inc., the company’s international economic development subsidiary.
Raquet was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the USTR to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in 2008. In addition to serving as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of World Food Program USA, Raquet currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit financial services company based in Minneapolis, MN. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Valparaiso University.
Raquet received a bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in American history from Cleveland State University and her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School.