Background

President Biden has announced plans to nominate a former economic aide and a Senate Finance Committee trade advisor to serve as deputy U.S. trade representatives. A third deputy USTR, who is expected to fill the post of U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization, has not yet been named.

Sarah Bianchi currently serves as senior managing director and head of U.S. public policy and political strategy research for of a U.S. investment firm. In the Obama administration she ran the economic and domestic policy team in the Office of the Vice President and coordinated policy initiatives ranging from workforce competitiveness to manufacturing to budget negotiations. She also served as deputy assistant to the president for economic policy. Her private sector experience includes serving as an investment advisor for a capital management company, managing director for an investment management company, and head of global policy development for a services company.

Serving as a staff member in both the House and Senate, Jayme White “has played a role in nearly every major trade issue and trade legislation over the last 20 years,” according to a White House press release. Since 2014 White has served as chief trade advisor for the Senate Finance Committee, where he has “led efforts to level the playing field for U.S. workers through trade negotiations and agreements” and to reform U.S. trade laws “to better respond to unfair foreign trade practices.” The White House said the outcomes of White’s representation and advancement of U.S. views to foreign trade leaders “are evident in many trade agreements” and that key provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, including those on labor and the environment, “are a result of his efforts.” In that capacity he worked closely with USTR Katherine Tai, who was credited with similar results during her tenure in the House of Representatives.

Tai praised Bianchi’s “deep knowledge of domestic policy,” which she said “will be a great resource to USTR as we integrate domestic and international economic goals in our trade policy.” She also highlighted White’s understanding of “the importance of developing bipartisan support for U.S. trade policy that will benefit all Americans.”

For more information on working with USTR to advance trade policy interests, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

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