Jim Sumner has served as president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) for the last 28 years. He is also president of the International Poultry Council, which he helped organize in 2005. Sumner has been appointed by the past six Secretaries of Agriculture and U.S. Trade Representatives to serve on the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee, currently serving under U. S. Trade Representative Froman and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack. These committees provide industry input for various international trade issues and WTO negotiations. Sumner is also president of the World Poultry Foundation, a global charitable organization aimed at improving lives globally through increasing poultry production and consumption in developing countries. Prior to joining the USAPEEC staff, Sumner served as director of marketing for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and worked for dairy cooperatives headquartered in both Philadelphia and Louisville, Kentucky. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University.