WASHINGTON, DC, US — Emily Byron has been promoted to director of global programs at the US Grains Council. She succeeds Cary Sifferath, who was recently promoted to vice president.

In her new role Byron will oversee global programs in Asia-Pacific and the Western Hemisphere, including program planning, implementation and evaluation, personnel supervision, administration and communications. She also will work to ensure compliance with regulations related to program funds received by the USGC from the Foreign Agricultural Service of the US Department of Agriculture.

Byron most recently was global programs manager for the past five-and-a-half years, and earlier was global programs coordinator for nearly two years.

“Emily is a veteran of the global programs department,” Sifferath said. “With more than seven years of experience in the department, taking leadership roles in annual UES work and in continuing our Excellence in Execution motto, along with her experience working on programs with Council staff in the Asia-Pacific, Mexico and Latin America offices, she is a great fit for the position. I know she will be up to the challenges of taking on this new role.”

Byron received a bachelor’s degree in globalization studies with a double minor in philosophy and religious studies at Gettysburg College, and a master’s degree in contemporary studies at Kings College London.