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.
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
Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation
Managing Director, Export Optimizers
Principal & CEO, Blacklin & Associates
Representative, Foreign Commercial Service, American Foreign Services Association
International Sales Director, Sunnen Products Company
Global Trade Compliance Specialist, Valvoline
Director of International Sales & Hobby Sales, Super Glue Corporation
President & CEO, World Trade Center Utah
Global Vice President, SmartMatic
Senior Manager of International Business Development, GM Defense
Chair of the Board, FasTrack Global Expansion Solutions Inc.
Deputy Director, International Trade Group, Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc.
Vice President, International Affairs, California Chamber of Commerce
Executive Director, Coalition of New England Companies for Trade