Melissa George Kessler

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement
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Melissa George Kessler serves as the director of strategic initiatives and engagement 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, she works to support the executive team and the organization as a whole to develop, implement and evaluate strategy and processes to achieve Council goals.

Kessler previously worked as director of strategic relations and director of communications with the Council, responsible for strengthening relationships with domestic and international partners through communication and awareness of Council programs.

Prior to joining the Council, Kessler ran a consulting practice focused on strategic communications and organizational effectiveness. Kessler also worked as the director of communications at the National Association of Wheat Growers and as a reporter and editor.

Kessler holds a master’s degree in organization development from American University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma.


About The U.S. Grains Council

The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at