Molly Sahebjami began her career as a food journalist and has over 20 years of experience developing and implementing communications and strategies for food-related companies and associations. Molly served as a communications director at Starbucks from
2018 to 2020, where she led proactive and reactive external communications for corporate and consumer topics. Molly led creative and major public announcements of new products such as seasonal food and beverages, merchandise, Starbucks Rewards enhancements and Uber Eats delivery.
Prior to Starbucks, Molly was director of North American market development at the Almond Board of California, where she led the team from 2012 to 2018 that drove a 25% increase in demand for almonds and protected their reputation on behalf of California’s almond growers using consumer insights, marketing and public relations.
Molly worked to increase awareness of almonds’ health benefits — seeing them through their transformation from an ingredient usually in the baking aisle, seen as unhealthy, to a popular out-of- hand snack that consumers widely recognize as a nutritious choice. She led advertising and public relations for consumers, nutrition and environmental thought-leaders, health professionals and food professionals and was responsible for goalsetting, planning, implementation, measurement, evaluation, optimization and regular reporting to industry leadership.
From 2008 to 2010, Molly served as vice president of health and wellness communications for Dairy Management Inc. Before going “client-side,” she spent a decade as team leader, consumer media expert, spokesperson and culinary expert for Porter Novelli.