senior vice president, Global Coffee & Tea
Michelle Burns is senior vice president, Global Coffee & Tea. Promoted to this role in May 2018, Michelle is responsible for leading all things coffee and tea – both Core and Reserve – including strategy for growing, sourcing, buying, quality, sustainment and education. She will oversee programs that are grounded in our heritage, including Origin experiences, Farmer Support Centers, and the Visitor Center at Hacienda Alsacia.
A 23-year Starbucks partner, Michelle recently led the Branded Solutions team and has been a key member of the Starbucks Channel Development and Licensed Stores leadership teams. Prior to joining Starbucks in 1995, Michelle worked in sales and distribution in the Natural Foods Industry with Frontier Cooperative Herbs where she found her passion for coffee and was responsible for developing the natural and mass market channels for the coffee category in the U.K. and United States.
Michelle holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa. She serves on the board for FareStart, serves as a sponsor for the Starbucks Access Alliance Network, is actively involved in Google Food and Beverage Innovation Lab and is a longtime member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum.
After a great Starbucks journey living in many cities across the country, Michelle, her husband and two children all enjoy calling Seattle home. Her passions include family, travel and great food and wine. Michelle is a Starbucks Coffee Master and starts her day with coffee in a Starbucks store.