WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. – The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) added two new staff members to its Washington, D.C., U.S. staff. Jack Custard joined the organization as trade policy and biotechnology coordinator and Milla Par as junior accounting assistant.

Custard started in his role with the trade policy team on Oct. 23, where he provides support by organizing staff and member travel and makes arrangements for visiting teams, facilitating program planning as well as preparing and maintaining correspondence, reports, information management and contracting.

“Jack has strong enthusiasm to gain experience with the foreign market development and trade policy objectives,” said Floyd Gaibler, USGC director of trade policy and biotechnology. “We look forward to his growth and contributions to the council’s mission.”

Prior to joining USGC, Custard worked as the innovations management and community involvement intern for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farms Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, U.S. He has a bachelor’s degree in global affairs and legal studies from George Mason University.

Par officially joined USGC’s finance team on Nov. 4 after working as a temporary employee since July 2019. In her position as junior accounting assistant, she will provide accounting support to members of the finance team to aid in ensuring the accuracy of accounts payable.

“Milla has been a great addition to the accounting department,” said Helen Elmore, USGC director of finance and administration. “Her attention to detail, customer service skills and willingness to take on multiple and varied tasks make working with her a pleasure.”

Before coming to USGC, Par worked as an accounting intern during tax season for accounting firm Bill Posner, CPA, in Maryland, U.S. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland.