Louise Hilsen is a veteran legislative advocate and strategist. She offers in-depth experience in food safety, nutrition/wellness, supply chain and the environment, as well as practical experience navigating the ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) issues that are core to corporate reputation management.
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. Louise also works with clients involved in supply and value chain multi-stakeholder initiatives that include an examination of labor practices across business, civil society and relevant government agencies to problem solve.
Prior to joining Kelley Drye, Louise was the vice president of government relations for Nestlé USA, where she ensured the coordination of Nestlé’s legislative and regulatory initiatives across U.S. business units. She offers a deep understanding of the challenges and issues that uniquely affect U.S. subsidiaries of foreign corporations and is adept at devising strategies to reach key public policy target audiences. Louise maintained an active portfolio on which she lobbied on issues beyond food and nutrition, ranging from pension and labor matters to sustainability, environmental, trade and corporate governance issues.
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 chief of staff, communications director and legislative director. Beyond her work on Capitol Hill, Louise worked on presidential and congressional campaigns and served as deputy executive director of the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, also known as the Kerrey-Danforth Commission.
Currently, Louise is an active member of the advisory council for the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health, part of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She serves on the boards of the Food Research and Action Center, which is a leader in public policy advocacy to eliminate domestic hunger and improve nutrition, and the board of Bread for the City, Inc., an organization that provides holistic services to low-income working families of the District of Columbia.
Louise served on the board of the Global Freedom Center, which provided training and technical assistance to corporations and local governments to identify and prevent human trafficking. In addition, Louise was involved with the founding of Refugees International. She was also an organizer of the 1992 Race, Gender and Power Conference held in conjunction with Professor Anita Hill and the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as having served on the board of St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C.
Louise is not licensed to practice law.