Catherine Polley, RPh

Food Marketing Institute Vice President, Health & Wellness Executive Director, FMI Foundation

Ms. Polley, RPh leads the association’s health and wellness initiatives recognizing the unique assets of a grocery store – food, pharmacy and knowledgeable nutrition experts – and the supermarket’s important role in the customer’s ability to lead healthy lives. She spearheads the association’s advocacy on federal pharmacy policy issues.  Ms. Polley also is Executive Director of the FMI Foundation which supports research and education in the areas of food safety, nutrition and health.

Prior to joining the Food Marketing Institute, Ms. Polley was Chief Policy Officer and Senior Vice President of Government and Professional Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association. She has also served as Vice President of State Government Affairs for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) where she was responsible for leading the development and implementation of the association’s state legislative, regulatory and political agenda.

Before joining NACDS, Ms. Polley spent over 19 years with Kmart Corporation in numerous positions within the pharmacy division. She began her Kmart career as a graduate intern and upon licensure, was a community pharmacist for eight years. She was then promoted to various positions including Pharmacy District Manager, Director of Pharmacy Operations, Director Pharmacy Health Services and Third Party and finally Director, Government and Trade Relations where she represented more than 1,500 Kmart Pharmacy locations on state and federal pharmacy and health care issues.

Ms. Polley is a former member of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy. She earned her pharmacy degree from the University of Michigan.

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