TRADE Talks | NAFTA: What Renegotiation Could Mean for the Tech Industry – 3-13-17

  • March 13, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) invites you to a Trade Talk on NAFTA and what renegotiation could mean for the U.S.  tech industry. Panelists representing tech manufacturing, software, and services will discuss the policies and trends in play as the new Administration endeavors to update its trading relationships with Canada and Mexico.


Stefanie Holland | Director of International & Government Affairs, CompTIA

Stefanie Holland joined CompTIA as Director of International Government and Regulatory Affairs in September 2016. Stefanie is responsible for the development, advocacy, and implementation of CompTIA’s policy positions with respect to international trade and the global digital economy. Stefanie works with CompTIA member companies to identify and manage priority trade issues in the U.S., China, Japan, the UK and other markets.  She also represents CompTIA members at multilateral and international institutions.

Prior to CompTIA, Stefanie was the Director for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. While at the Chamber from 2007-2016, Stefanie worked on successful campaigns to win congressional passage of trade agreements with a handful of nations, including most recently, Colombia, Panama and South Korea. She played a key role in the Chamber’s international business priorities and promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda including: Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank on behalf of the business community.

Stefanie is the past President for the organization Women in International Trade (WIIT) and previously served on its Board and as co-chair for the WIIT Legislative Initiatives Committee. Prior to joining the Chamber, Stefanie worked at Barbour Griffith & Rogers (BGR), a premier lobbying firm in Washington, DC.  She holds a Masters of Arts in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI.

Ellen Schrantz | Senior Director, Government Affairs and Counsel, Internet Association

Ellen Schrantz currently serves as the Senior Director of Government Affairs & Counsel at the Internet Association, which represents 40+ of the world’s leading internet companies and advocates for policies that promote innovation and creativity. Previously, Ellen worked for the U.S. House of Representatives for five years, where she served as Counsel and Legislative Director to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. Ellen is a graduate of Georgetown University and American University’s Washington College of Law.



Vanessa Sciarra | Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy, National Foreign Trade Council

Vanessa P. Sciarra is the Vice President for Legal Affairs and Trade & Investment Policy at the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC).

Prior to joining the NFTC, Vanessa served as Vice President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT). Her additional experience includes working in the private sector, most recently with the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent LLP in their Washington, D.C. office. Her law firm experience included a broad range of international trade matters representing a diverse group of clients in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical devices, trucking, and shipping sectors. She advised these clients in the areas of customs, export controls, and economic sanctions compliance as well as antidumping and countervailing duty cases. She routinely appeared before the key U.S. trade agencies, including the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Prior to entering private practice, Vanessa served as an Assistant General Counsel with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, D.C. While in that position, she worked on the negotiation and implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), particularly with respect to services, investment and dispute settlement obligations. She also served as legal counsel during the negotiation of the General Agreement on Trade Services (GATS) and participated in the drafting of the Uruguay Round implementing bill.

Prior to her work at USTR, Vanessa was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division. In this position, she represented the U.S. government in cases involving the antidumping and countervailing duty laws, customs matters, and government contracts. She regularly briefed and argued cases before the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Vanessa is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in History from Yale College, her M.Sc., with distinction, in Economics (International Relations) from the London School of Economics, and her J.D. from the Yale Law School.

Clare Şahin | Manager at SIGNAL Group

Clare Şahin is a manager at SIGNAL Group with experience in cybersecurity, appropriations, and international trade. She works to advance technology and innovation issues on Capitol Hill and in the administration, endeavoring to provide policymakers with relevant information and expertise. In addition, she has helped clients navigate federal trade promotion and export financing resources at the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Clare earned her law degree from Tulane University with a focus on international trade and intellectual property. She has an undergraduate degree in politics from Mount Holyoke College, where she studied international political economy and trade in intellectual property.

Caitlin Brosseau | Senior Manager, Government Relations at eBay, Inc.

Caitlin Brosseau joined eBay Inc. in 2011, where she today serves as a senior manager on the Americas government relations team.  In that role, she aims to advance eBay’s public policy priorities – including eBay Marketplaces and all of the eBay Inc. brands, as well as the eBay community of users –before federal and international decision makers.  Brosseau is tasked with managing eBay’s policy development, government communications, and lobbying strategy with a special focus on shipping and logistics, cross-border trade, taxation of Internet commerce, sustainability and other policies that impact Internet-enabled businesses.  Prior to joining eBay, Brosseau worked on Capitol Hill, where she served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (ND). There, she advised the Senator on a diverse portfolio of policy issues. Brosseau earned her Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) from the University of Mary and her Master of Public Policy degree from George Mason University.

Lunch will be provided, courtesy of SIGNAL Group.

Preregistration recommended due to limited space of 25 people





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