WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S. — The U.S. Grains Council (USGC) said on July 11 that Kimberly Karst is back as the new director of global programs. Karst worked for the Council from 2005-11 serving in many roles including the manager of international operations for Asia. Most recently, Karst served as consulting projects manager for World Perspectives, a global agriculture consulting firm.

“Kim has an extensive background in the full breadth of Council operations,” said Tom Sleight, USGC president and chief executive officer. “Her acumen, dedication and excellent relationships with council members and global staff will be a tremendous asset to the council.”

In this new role, Karst will direct the implementation of the council’s worldwide marketing plan activities, and work with international directors and staff to ensure effective communication between regional offices and council headquarters, membership and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

Karst is a graduate of the University of Montana and holds a degree in political science and communication studies. She grew up on a barley, wheat and canola farm in northern Montana.