Molly Burress

Assistant Director for Communications, Acting Deputy Director for Data Management


Molly joined the Economic Research Service (ERS), Market and Trade Economics Division, Office of the Director, in 2020.


Before joining ERS, Molly worked for USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service in International Trade and Development. She also worked at the University of Missouri where her research and training interests focused on entrepreneurship in closely-held agricultural enterprises and international agricultural trade development. Molly served with the U.S. Peace Corps in Burkina Faso as an international development management specialist.


Molly earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri in 2007. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development Management from Rutgers University and a B.A. in Spanish from Wichita State University.

Selected Publications

Cook, M. L. and M. J. Burress, "The Impact of CEO Tenure on Cooperative Governance". Managerial and Decision Economics, Vol. 34. 2013.

Burress, M.J. and M.L. Cook "Netchain Leadership in the U.S. Ethanol Sector", in Advances in Supply Chain Analysis in Agri-Food Systems, D. Zylbersztajn and O. Omta eds., pp 207-230, Sao Paulo: Singular, 2009.

Burress, M.J. and M.L. Cook "Lessons from Community Entrepreneurship: The Concept of Spawning", in: The Role of Cooperatives in the European Agri-Food System, ed. R. Fanfani, University of Bologna Press, 2009.

Burress, M.J., M.L. Cook, and P.G. Klein, "The Clustering of Organizational Innovation: Developing Governance Models for Vertical Integration", International Food & Agribusiness Management Review, Vol. 11(4), 2008.