Louise Hilsen is a senior government relations and public policy advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She has more than 25 years of experience in legislative advocacy and strategy with particular experience in food safety, nutrition and wellness, supply chain and environment and emerging issues such as biotechnology and biofuels. With respect to international public policy, Louise is well versed in supply chain and responsible sourcing issues as well as the non-communicable disease and advertising agendas that impact the food industry.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Louise was the Vice President of Government Relations for Nestlé USA, where she ensured coordination of Nestlé’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across US business units. She maintained an active portfolio on which she lobbied with issues ranging from pension and labor issues, to environmental, trade and corporate governance issues. She has a deep understanding of issues that affect US subsidiaries of foreign corporations.
Prior to her role at Nestlé, Louise worked for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives. She held a number of senior positions, including communications director, legislative director and chief of staff. In addition to experience on congressional and presidential campaigns, She served as Deputy Executive Director of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, also known as the Kerrey-Danforth Commission .
Louise is on the board of the Food Research and Action Center, which is a leader in public policy advocacy to eliminate domestic hunger. She is on the board of Bread for the City, Inc. that provides holistic services to low-income working families of the District of Columbia and recently joined the board of the Global Freedom Center, which seeks to become the leading training and technical assistance center to identify and prevent human trafficking by working with corporations and organizations. Louise was involved with the founding of Refugees International, was an organizer of the 1992 Race, Gender and Power Conference held in conjunction with Prof. Anita Hill and the Georgetown University Law Center, and served on the board of St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C.
Louise is not licensed to practice law.