Abigail Appleton serves as the executive assistant for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that promotes the global use of U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including ethanol and distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS). In this capacity, Appleton is a member of the executive team and provides support to the Council’s staff and Board leaders.
Prior to the Council, Appleton worked for the U.S. Institute of Peace as the special assistant to the executive vice president. In this capacity, she managed the organizational planning process and assisted with the executive coordination of events management.
Appleton holds a master’s degree in political science from the American University in Cairo, a master’s in library science from Indiana University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Valparaiso University.
Founded in 1960, the U.S. Grains Council works to promote exports of U.S. grains and related products through a network of 10 overseas offices and 30 in-country representatives. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture's profitability. Support for the Council comes from its producer and agribusiness members and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) through programs authorized in the U.S. farm bill.