The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): a Close Look at the Digital Trade Provisions of the USMCA – Feb 12

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  • February 12, 2019
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a trade talk to look closely at the provisions on digital trade in the USMCA on February 12th at noon.  Three panelists will consider how digital trade commitments will influence the US economy and trade between the US, Mexico, and Canada.  This fall leaders of the US, Mexico, and Canada signed the USMCA.  What should new Congressional Representatives and trade professionals know about the Agreement’s provisions on digital trade?


Jennifer Sanford
Director, International Trade & Energy Policy, Cisco Systems

Jennifer Sanford joined Cisco in April 2004, and currently serves as Director of International Trade & Energy Policy in the Government Affairs Department in Washington, DC. Ms. Sanford is responsible for advancing Cisco’s international trade policy agenda, and serves as Chair of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee (ITAC-8) and Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) International Committee. She also manages Cisco’s U.S. climate & energy policy vision, strategy and execution, in areas such as grid modernization, climate change, energy efficiency, e-waste and eco-design.

Prior to Cisco, Ms. Sanford was Director of International Trade Policy for seven years at the American Electronics Association (AeA, now CompTIA) in Washington, DC, where she successfully led the high-tech industry’s efforts to secure Congressional passage of legislation to reauthorize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in 2002, and to establish China’s Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status in 2000. She also worked for many years on the development and implementation of the European Union (EU) environmental and energy laws on electronics.

Ms. Sanford’s career began in 1996 in San Francisco, CA, with a customs consulting and publishing firm, Worldtariff (now owned by FedEx).

Ms. Sanford holds B.A. in International Studies (1994) and an M.A. in International Policy Studies (1995) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey.


Devi Keller
Director, Global Policy Semiconductor Industry Association

Devi Keller joined the Semiconductor Industry Association in 2011, and currently serves as director of global policy. In this role, Devi works closely with SIA member companies, the U.S. Administration, domestic and international stakeholders, and foreign government officials to advance SIA’s international trade and global policy priorities. Devi represents SIA in the World Semiconductor Council, a cooperative global body dedicated to promoting a free, open, and globally competitive trading environment for semiconductor products. Her work also entails promoting U.S. semiconductor industry priorities in domestic legislation and bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, including the WTO Information Technology Agreement.

Devi has prior experience working for the high-tech industry, including positions at the Information Technology Industry Council, TechAmerica, and Verizon Government Relations. She has a B.A. in International Relations from Dickinson College, and an M.A. in Asian Studies from the George Washington University. She lived in China for 3.5 years and speaks Mandarin.


Michelle Sylvester-Jose
Acting Director, Global Data Policy Team, US Department of Commerce (Invited)



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