Who We Are
Melissa George Kessler serves as the director of strategic relations 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 strengthen relationships with Council supporters and domestic and international partners through strategic communications and awareness of Council programs.
Kessler previously worked as the director of communications with USGC, responsible for designing and executing the organization’s internal and external communications efforts.
Prior to joining the Council, Kessler ran a consulting practice focused on strategic communications and organizational effectiveness. Kessler has 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.
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.