Melissa George Kessler

Melissa George Kessler
Director of Strategic Relations

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.

With full-time presence in 13 key markets and representatives in an additional 15 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