State Director of Iowa
Grant Menke serves as the State Director for USDA Rural Development in Iowa. As State Director, Menke oversees Rural Development programs in a customer-focused manner to restore prosperity in rural Iowa. Menke comes to USDA from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association where he served as the organization’s policy director working on behalf of Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel producers. Prior to that position he worked in Washington, D.C. on the United States Senate Committee on Finance staff of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and umpired professionally for Minor League Baseball. Menke, a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, was raised on a corn and soybean farm near Calumet, Iowa, in rural O’Brien County and currently lives in Ankeny with his wife, Susie, and their three boys.