Trade Policy and Legislative Affairs Committee

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.

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

Current Position Papers

Revitalizing the Commercial Service to Level the Playing Field for U.S. Businesses

Politico Weekly Trade, April 10, 2023: NADEC President, Jonathan Szucs, on the need for more Commercial Service Officers

Trade Policy Articles

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

David Day

Co-Chair, pacific south representative

Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation

Luke lindberg

Co-Chair, midwest representative

Principal, E Pluribus Unum

Mark Ballam


Managing Director, Wendy Gillespie Center for Advancing Global Business, San Diego State University

Robert Brown

advisory board

Senior Attorney, Lynch Cox Gillman & Goodman


Anne burkett

southern representative, vice chair

Executive Director, North Alabama International Trade Association

Dr. Elizabeth Chan

CEO, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation

W.E. DaCruz

At-Large Representative

Cofounder, The VGC Group and the Mushroom Angel Co

Tom Dustman

Midwest representative

International Sales Director, Sunnen Products Company

Richard Grana

advisory board

President, IMPEX

Nick Grooters

advisory board

Director of International Sales & Hobby Sales, Super Glue Corporation

Peter Jones

Global Vice President, SmartMatic

Nate LaMar

Advisory Board

Director of International Sales, Batesville Services LLC


Pacific south representative

President, EXIM 20/20

mariano parlato


Project Manager, True North Corporation

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


Jonathan Szucs


General Manager, Advanced Superabrasives, Inc

Urszula Wojciechowska

at-large member, communications officer

Ambassador, Coalition of New England Companies for Trade

karen wyman

northeast representative, secretary

Senior Manager, Global Export Licensing, Teledyne FLIR

The National Association of District Export Councils (NADEC) works to support the regional District Export Councils throughout the United States.






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