President Biden announced Sept. 13 his intent to nominate two more senior trade officials in his administration.

Elaine Trevino will be nominated as chief agriculture negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Trevino is currently president of the Almond Alliance of California, where she works at the local and federal levels on issues such as trade barriers, trade agreements, retaliatory tariffs, port congestion, and supply chain disruptions. She also serves on USDA’s Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee. Earlier in her career she served as a deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, where her responsibilities included oversight of international export and trade programs.

Marisa Lago will be nominated to serve as under secretary of commerce for international trade. Lago served in the Obama administration as assistant secretary of the treasury for international markets and development, where she oversaw the U.S. government’s overseas development activities with the World Bank and its regional counterparts. She also directed the Treasury Department’s portfolio on international financial services regulation, climate finance, trade in financial services, and technical assistance to developing countries on public financial management. Earlier in her career she headed the Office of International Affairs for the Securities and Exchange Commission, served as president and CEO of NYS Empire State Development, and was the chief economic development officer for the city of Boston.

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

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