Your Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee

The mission of the Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee is to identify, support, and promote the trade policies of the U.S. that will result in an increase in U.S. exports, enhancement of the competitive position of U.S. exporters, and improvement in the U.S. balance of trade. In addition, this committee’s mission includes identification, supports and advocacy of key trade legislative issues which impact American exporters (particularly small to medium-sized exporters), the U.S. export competitive position, the Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, the U.S. Commercial Service, and the legislative activities of the local DECs.

These trade legislative issues include matters such as free trade agreements and federal government exporter assistance programs, including, for example, US&FCS Gold Key programs and U.S. Export-Import Bank export financing programs. Trade Policy and Legilative Affairs Committee also identifies foreign trade barriers that hinder U.S. exporters and exports, as well as the U.S. legislative and regulatory policies that are disincentives to exporting. While performing its tasks Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs committee works together with the Regional Legislative Coordinators who are appointed to coordinate the legislative affairs at eight regional District Export Council networks in the U.S.

Current Trade Policy Articles by David Day, Co-Chair

Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs committee includes the following sub-committees and working groups:

• Domestic and Americas Sub-committee

• Asia Sub-committee

• Europe Sub-committee

• Middle East and Africa Sub-committee

• Global Investment in America Sub-committee

National DEC Members Serving on the Trade Policy & Legislative Affairs Committee

David Day


Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation

ernesto pinal


Managing Director, Export Optimizers

Scott Blacklin

mid-atlantic representative

Principal & CEO, Blacklin & Associates

Jay Carreiro


Representative, Foreign Commercial Service, American Foreign Services Association

Tom Dustman

Midwest representative

International Sales Director, Sunnen Products Company

Charles Fiske

at-large representative

Global Trade Compliance Specialist, Valvoline

Nick Grooters

advisory board

Director of International Sales & Hobby Sales, Super Glue Corporation

Miles Hansen


President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah

Peter Jones

Great Lakes Representative

Global Vice President, SmartMatic

Nate LaMar

Advisory Board

Senior Manager of International Business Development, GM Defense

Sandy Renner


Chair of the Board, FasTrack Global Expansion Solutions Inc.

john saylor


Deputy Director, International Trade Group, Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc.

Susanne Stirling


Vice President, International Affairs, California Chamber of Commerce

Urszula Wojciechowska


Executive Director, Coalition of New England Companies for Trade