Anderson Joins the U.S. Wheat Associates
He joins the staff as assistant director of West Coast Office
U.S. Wheat Associates (USW) announces Michael T. Anderson will join its staff as assistant director of the West Coast Office in Portland, OR, in July.
Anderson’s responsibilities will include assisting overseas trade delegations visiting the wheat supply chain in the Pacific Northwest, outreach to state wheat commissions and the grain trade and a range of assignments supporting USW’s export market development activities on behalf of U.S. wheat farmers.
“We are very pleased that Michael is bringing relevant experience in international market development, project management, market research and data analysis to our organization,” says Steve Wirsching, USW vice president and director of the West Coast Office. “His work with many different contacts from overseas guests to wheat producers will be a strong showcase for his excellent communications skills.”
Anderson grew up in Texas and earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor University and a master’s degree in International Agriculture from Oklahoma State University. After graduating from Baylor, Anderson joined the Peace Corps where he served as a health volunteer in Armenia.
Following that overseas experience, he also worked with the Carter Center in Central Africa as a technical advisor for the Guinea Worm Eradication Program with the South Sudan Ministry of Health. Anderson served as a trade intern with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington D.C., where he became interested in international trade policy.
Most recently, Anderson was International Marketing Program Coordinator for Food Export Association of the Northeast, which like USW is a member of the public-private partnership with USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) export market development programs. He speaks French and his hobbies include travel and softball.