Past Presidents

Evelyn Suarez - (2016-2017)

Evelyn Suarez

Evelyn Suarez founded The Suarez Firm in 2014 to assist companies with opportunities in international markets and in addressing risk associated with regulatory import and export compliance, intellectual property protection and in the supply chain. She has developed a special focus on emerging markets and is recognized for her expertise in customs compliance, trade facilitation, anti-corruption compliance (e.g., Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and UK Bribery Act) and trade policy matters, such as those involved with free trade agreements including the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Ms. Suarez represents clients before all trade agencies and in litigation before the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court and on legislative matters. Ms. Suarez also has extensive experience handling high profile investigations, including the U.N. Volcker Committee and various Congressional investigations into the U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme.

As a thought leader on trade, Ms. Suarez is frequently called on to organize talks on trade topics of the day. She is a frequent lecturer on a myriad of issues affecting companies involved in international trade, especially related to trade policy, customs and anti-corruption compliance. She is viewed as an expert on customs and trade facilitation, including the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and its implementation and best practices. She served as President and Chair of the Board of the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT) for the 2016-2017 term and now serves as Past President and on the WIIT Board for the 2017-2018 term. Ms. Suarez also serves on the Virginia Maritime Association Board and on Advisory Councils to George Washington University Center for International Business & Research and Old Dominion University’s Maritime, Port and Logistics Management Institute.

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Douglass College at Rutgers University. Ms. Suarez earned her juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the American Criminal Law Review. A member of the District of Columbia Bar, she is also admitted to the U.S. Court of International Trade, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for International Trade and as a “Super Lawyer” in International Trade law in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine

Stefanie Holland - (2015-2016)

Stefanie Holland

Stefanie Holland is the Director for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. With 70 professionals on staff, the International Division is Washington’s most influential team of trade policy experts and advocates.

Since joining the Chamber in 2007, Stefanie has 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 plays 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 also responsible for building grassroots support for international trade and is dedicated to building public and political understanding about the importance of international economic engagement to local communities. In this capacity, she frequently provides educational presentations on the Chamber’s trade agenda both in Washington, and across the country.

Stefanie is the 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.

Nancy S. Travis - (2014-2015)

Nancy S. Travis

Nancy Travis currently holds the position of Vice President for International Compliance and Governance for the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). At AdvaMed, Travis is responsible for the Association’s efforts to advance the highest ethical standards for business interactions in the medical technology sector worldwide.

Before joining AdvaMed’s staff in January 2005 Travis was Deputy Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office of Economic Policy in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. In that position, she coordinated regional economic and trade policy and represented the U.S. government at international negotiations, including the 21-nation Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, in which some of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing economies work together to promote free trade, economic growth, and harmonized business policy environments.

Travis has more than 20 years of international affairs and economics experience, with a particular focus on Asia-Pacific trade issues. She worked on China and Taiwan’s World Trade Organization accession negotiations, Korea Free Trade Agreement discussions and has been involved in assessing compliance with WTO and FTA commitments. Throughout her career, she has received a number of exceptional performance and superior honor awards.

Travis has lived in Hong Kong, has traveled extensively throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and speaks Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), French and Russian. She graduated with departmental honors from Vassar College with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and holds a Master of International Affairs Degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Travis serves on the Advisory Board of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Harmonization Center. She served on the Board of Directors of WIIT prior to becoming President of the organization.

Catherine Robinson - (2013-2014)

Catherine Robinson

Catherine Robinson (Cat) is a proven government relations professional with a strong track record of leading government engagement and business development strategies with the U.S. government, the diplomatic community, foreign governments and U.S. Congress. She is currently serving as President of Women in International Trade (WIIT).

Catherine Robinson currently works in International Government Affairs at Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company. Based at Amgen’s office in Washington, DC, she handles international government affairs and international economic policy and issues for countries in emerging markets around the globe including Turkey, China, Brazil, Mexico and many others.

Before joining Amgen Inc., Cat most recently served as a Director of Trade Policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) where she was named as one of the Top 30 Lobbyists in Washington D.C. of 2010 by The Hill Magazine. Prior to joining the private sector, she worked at the prestigious U.S. Congress Committee on Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee and for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Geneva (UNCTAD).

She has a J.D. with a focus on international trade and business law from the University of Maryland School of Law and a B.A. in political science and communications from Texas A&M University. Catherine is also actively involved in the Organization of Woman in International Trade (OWIT) and Women in International Trade (WIIT) where she is currently President for WIIT and has served on the Board of Directors for both organizations. Catherine is also a triathlete and avid soccer player. She serves as captain of a co-ed intramural soccer team in Washington D.C. and as President of District Sports- a non-profit providing community service to the DC area and adult soccer leagues.

Phyllis L. Derrick - (2012-2013)

Phyllis L. Derrick

Phyllis L. Derrick is a consultant with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (Akin Gump) who focuses on trade remedy matters on behalf of major American and other multinational corporations.

Ms. Derrick has nearly 30 years of experience, both in counseling companies and in administering trade remedy laws. In private practice and government service, she has represented and worked with a broad array of industries, including agricultural, steel, electronics, chemicals, commodities and consumer goods, both in petitioning the U.S. government for imposition of duties and defending international clients against allegations of dumping and subsidization. She assists clients with all aspects of these cases, including strategic planning, case evaluation, risk management, data collection, coordination, communications and analysis.

Prior to joining Akin Gump in 1995, Ms. Derrick worked with SKF Gleitlager in Saarbrücken, Germany. As deputy company controller, she oversaw $50 million in annual sales and overseas subsidiary operations. Her responsibilities included establishing intracompany transfer pricing policies to comply with local and U.S. tax requirements and extensive oversight of the U.S. subsidiary operation for consolidated management reporting. She was responsible for ensuring local implementation of corporate financial and accounting reporting requirements based on U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Special projects included revision of the cost accounting system, replacement of software accounting systems, and participating as finance spokesman in company Total Quality Management projects. Her work was conducted entirely in German.

Prior to joining SKF Gleitlager, Ms. Derrick worked with Grant Thornton, a major accounting and consulting firm, in its international trade group. She designed and implemented systems for reporting requirements, including addressing all aspects of necessary reporting methodologies, data collection and evaluation. Prior to her work with Grant Thornton, Ms. Derrick served at the Department of Commerce’s Import Administration for seven years. She developed, directed, and coordinated programs to enforce U.S. antidumping law. She worked on more than 100 separate proceedings. She was a key member of the team charged with investigating the only case self-initiated by the Commerce Department and with subsequently establishing the quarterly monitoring procedures.

Roberta Kienast Daghir - (2011-2012)

Roberta Kienast Daghir

Roberta Kienast Daghir is a Senior Policy Analyst for the Trade Remedy Compliance Staff of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. She works with U.S. companies involved in foreign antidumping investigations to help them better understand the conduct of such cases. In addition, Ms. Daghir evaluates foreign trade laws and practices for consistency with WTO rules. Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Ms. Daghir was in private legal practice focusing on international trade issues.

Ms. Daghir served on the WIIT Board of Directors from 2008 through 2010, and as WIIT Treasurer from 2006 through 2008. Ms. Daghir served as WIIT President from June 2011 through May 2012. She has been a member of WIIT since 2006.

Camelia Mazard - (2010-2011)

Camelia Mazard

Camelia Mazard counsels a range of clients, including multinational corporations and trade associations, regarding compliance with federal antitrust rules and advises both U.S. and foreign companies in the federal merger review process. She also represents companies involved in civil and criminal investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice and in federal and state private antitrust litigation. Ms. Mazard represents clients on issues related to mergers and premerger notifications both inside and outside the United States and before federal and state antitrust regulatory agencies. She provides antitrust and regulatory advice and counseling to risk arbitrage managers of various institutional banks and investment funds.

Ms. Mazard also practices in all areas of international trade and customs law. In fact, she participated in many of the major trade disputes over the past ten years. Her cases include safeguards investigations of steel; antidumping investigations of cold-rolled steel from the Netherlands, hot-rolled steel from India, grain-oriented silicon electric steel from Italy and Japan, metal calendar slides from Japan, magnesia carbon bricks from the People’s Republic of China and Mexico; and countervailing duty investigations of hot-rolled steel from India and magnesia carbon bricks from the People’s Republic of China. Ms. Mazard’s clients include U.S. and foreign corporations in such industries as refractories, steel, and motion pictures. In addition, Ms. Mazard has represented domestic and international clients with respect to import and export transactions and NAFTA issues. Ms. Mazard also has experience representing private parties and sovereign governments before U.S. courts and international arbitral tribunals.

During school, Ms. Mazard served as a legal intern for the State Department at the United States Mission to the United Nations and for Duracell, Inc. She is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish. Ms. Mazard is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is also the General Counsel and a board member of the Organization of Women in International Trade, and a board member of the WIIT Charitable Trust.


Maria DiGiulian - (2009-2010)

Tonya Kemp - (2008-2009)

Tonya Kemp

Tonya Kemp is the Director of International Trade Policy, Global Strategies for the Personal Care Products Council. She works with members to ensure that global regulatory and trade developments have a positive impact on the cosmetic and personal care products industry. She staffs the Asia, Europe, and Latin America Subcommittees and their relevant taskforces.

Prior to working at the Council, Ms. Kemp handled bilateral and regional trade issues for Gordley Associates, a government relations organization that focused on practice areas related to agriculture. Ms. Kemp also worked as Assistant Director of the Wheat Export Trade Education Committee and as a Research Analyst for the Manufactured Import Promotion Organization (MIPRO) of Japan.

She served as WIIT President from June 2008 through May 2009.

Ms. Kemp has a Master of Arts degree in international commerce and public policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations/journalism from West Virginia University.

Susan M. Schmidt - (2007-2008)

Susan M. Schmidt

Susan M. Schmidt is a partner with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. Her practice focuses on international trade, business, advocacy, and government relations. In her work with Manatt, and prior to that with the U.S. Diplomatic Service, she has developed effective strategies to address international opportunities and complex disputes, with experience as an advocate, negotiator, and public speaker.

Ms. Schmidt assists domestic and multinational companies with investment and trade issues before agencies of the U.S. government as well as other governments, with a focus on Latin America. In addition to developing and implementing strategies to navigate government approval and regulatory processes relative to cross-border business and investment, she often addresses matters involving the World Trade Organization, the North American Free Trade Agreement, bilateral trade and investment agreements, export controls and compliance, and immigration. On behalf of domestic and foreign clients, she has addressed the challenges of policy and compliance relative to international financial transactions and operations, as well as the policy and practical issues connected with the regulation of international financial transactions by the various governments and multilateral organizations. For clients, she has devised strategies to address international disputes, to improve relations with U.S. and foreign government officials, and to create new international business opportunities. She has made presentations on regulatory constraints, services sectors, and emerging technologies to foreign government officials and private sector groups.

Ms. Schmidt also works with domestic and international companies and organizations on U.S. advocacy with the U.S. Congress and administration as well as others who influence policy. Her work extends to the representation of foreign business and exporter associations in Washington, the interests of foreign governments before the U.S. Congress, and organizations before State legislative committees. Ms. Schmidt also has worked with foreign governments on a range of policy and business issues in advocacy and awareness-building activities.

Ms. Schmidt’s engagement with Latin America stems from her time with the U.S. diplomatic service. While with the U.S. Foreign Service, she participated in multilateral and bilateral negotiations, managed the Department of State’s intellectual property rights portfolio in Latin America and developed IP enforcement efforts with private sector and government entities world-wide, and served as an Economic Officer in Bogota, Colombia, where she was responsible for trade relations, fisheries, telecommunications, science and environment, civil aviation, and agricultural trade issues, and a Consular/Personnel officer in Mexico City, Mexico. While on detail to a leading telecommunications enterprise, she managed public affairs matters for the Andean region and Caribbean.

Nicole Bivens Collinson - (2006-2007)

Nicole Bivens Collinson

Nicole Bivens Collinson leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.S. and serves as managing principal of the Washington, DC office. She is also a member of the firm’s Operating Committee.

Ms. Collinson has over 25 years’ experience in government, public affairs, and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies.

Ms. Collinson prepares countries, companies, and associations for negotiations with the United States on free trade agreements, trade and investment agreements, labor disputes, or other preferential programs. She is known for her ability to foster dialogue among a diverse set of stakeholders to resolve complex issues in trade policy making and implementation. She also works directly with U.S. multinational corporations and associations, as well as foreign companies, associations and government agencies, to clearly represent their positions in Washington. In doing so, she analyzes and monitors cross-cutting trade issues, including labor, environment, food safety, customs regulation, international development, and others, and helps build strong coalitions to advocate for change.

Further, her work representing clients before Congress has earned her a well-respected position among politicians involved in international and business affairs. She is a well-known trade authority in Washington, regularly called upon by members of Congress and the administration to help explain complex trade programs.

Prior to joining Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, Ms. Collinson served as assistant chief negotiator of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, responsible for the negotiation of bilateral agreements with Latin America, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Sub-Continent, and Africa. She also served as a country specialist in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she was responsible for the preparation of negotiations on specific topics between the U.S. and Latin America, Eastern Europe, China, and Hong Kong, as well as for the administration of complex textile agreements.

Ms. Collinson holds a master’s degree in international relations from the George Washington University and a triple bachelor’s degree in political science, European Studies, and French from Georgetown College. She also studied at the Université de Caen in France. She is current Chair of the WIIT Charitable Trust and past president of WIIT. She serves on the board of trustees for Georgetown College and the board of directors for Imojeans, and she is the past executive director for the U.S. Hosiery Manufacturers Coalition, the U.S. Apparel Industry Coalition, and the U.S. Sock Distributors Coalition.


Angela Marshall Hofmann - (2005-2006)

Rebecca Miller - (2004-2005)

Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Miller is a consultant with U.S. Investigative Services. Prior to this role, she was a Senior Trade Compliance Specialist with Digital Equipment Corporation/Compaq Computer Corporation, where she participated in the development of corporate policy toward government trade regulation and performed on-site audits at corporate facilities worldwide to ensure compliance with U.S. trade, export, and customs regulations, among other duties. She also held positions with the Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT) and the U.S. House of Representatives. Rebecca served as president of WIIT from June 2004 to May 2005.

Alice Slayton Clark - (2003-2004)

Alice Slayton Clark

Alice Slayton Clark is a government relations specialist who has served over 20 years as a lobbyist, political advisor, and independent consultant. Previously, she served four years on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide in both the House and the Senate. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and government from Oberlin College and a Master of Arts degree in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She recently lived overseas for five years as a Foreign Service spouse in Frankfurt, Germany and Vienna, Austria. She speaks fluent Spanish and basic German. Enjoying social service, she has volunteered in many capacities for WIIT, local PTAs, and international women’s groups.

Barbara Wanner - (2002-2003)

Barbara Wanner

Barbara Wanner has more than 30 years of professional experience dealing with information, communications, and technology (ICT) policy; international trade; and foreign policy issues in both the public and private sectors. She currently serves as Vice President for ICT Policy at the U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB). In that capacity, she works with members and government officials on a wide range of ICT issues, including initiatives to regulate trans-border data flows, enhance cyber security and privacy of personal data, and promote sound Internet governance. Ms. Wanner works through USCIB’s international affiliations and directly with the U.S. government to provide a U.S. business perspective in international negotiations on those issues. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC, and the OECD.

Prior to joining USCIB, she served as Director, Global Services Summit at the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI). She was responsible for planning all aspects of CSI’s annual international summit, which draws more than 350 participants and features trade ministers, corporate CEOs, and prominent policy experts. She also staffed CSI’s ICT Working Group, promoted CSI members’ interests in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, and advocated before the U.S. Congress on legislation to grant Russia permanent normal trade relations.

From 2005 to 2011, Ms. Wanner was Senior Projects Coordinator for the U.S. Asia Pacific Council (USAPC), a program of the East-West Center. In this capacity, she was the lead liaison with the U.S. Congress, which entailed representing the Center’s interests before relevant appropriations and authorization committees as well as developing and implementing an outreach strategy aimed at showcasing East-West Center products and research relevant to lawmakers’ interests. She wrote and published USAPC’s Washington Report, a bimonthly publication that provided an “inside-the-Beltway” perspective on developments in U.S.-Asia Pacific relations, and facilitated the participation of prominent U.S. policy experts in Asian regional forums, such as APEC and the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).

Before her East-West Center tour, Ms. Wanner was Deputy Director of the International Electronics Manufacturers and Consumers of America (IEMCA). And for nearly 15 years, Ms. Wanner served as Senior Political Analyst for the Japan Economic Institute (JEI). At JEI, she wrote extensively and provided media commentary about Japanese politics, U.S.-Japan security relations, corporate issues faced by U.S. subsidiaries of Japanese companies, and developments in Congress and the U.S. executive branch relevant to U.S.-Japan relations. Other assignments included a tour at Matsushita Electric Corporation of America as Government Relations Manager; Research Associate and Congressional Analyst at two Washington, DC consulting firms; and Staff Assistant to former Rep. Paul Findley (R-IL).

Ms. Wanner has an M.A. in political science from Columbia University and a B.A. in international relations from Bucknell University. She also received a Certificate in International Business from Georgetown University.

Monique Roske - (2001-2002)

Monique Roske

Ms. Monique Roske came to the United States on the invitation of General Electric’s Intergovernmental Relations Office. After one year with GE, she joined two former members of President Johnson’s administration and helped establish DGA International, Inc., an international consulting firm specializing in transportation. Ms. Roske worked with DGA for 25 years in a variety of capacities. She also served as Director of Government Relations of the Coalition for Employment through Exports (CEE) and as Co‐Chair of the Private Sector Coalition for the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Between 1997 and 2005, Ms. Roske served as President of the Washington, DC-based Women in International Trade (WIIT), as President of the worldwide Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), and as President of WIIT’s charitable foundation.

Ms. Roske is the current owner and President of M2 Language Consultants LLC. Prior to and since the creation of M2 Language Consultants in April 2011, Ms. Roske has served as a foreign language consultant to a number of clients, supporting their efforts to successfully maintain or improve their standing in the foreign-language market.

Ms. Roske works hand in hand with U.S. government agencies at the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) and at ASTM, where she, as a member of various committees, helps establish U.S. standards for foreign language teaching, translating, interpreting, and testing. Ms. Roske also is a member of the U.S. delegation to the global ISO negotiations, again supporting the creation of global foreign-language teaching standards.

Ms. Roske has an M.A. in liberal studies (international affairs/social and public policy) from Georgetown University and another M.A. in multicultural/multilingual education from George Mason University. She has certificates and diplomas in translation/interpretation from Georgetown University, French from the Sorbonne in Paris, English from the University of Cambridge (UK), and Italian from the University of Florence (Italy).

Janet Nuzum - (2000-2001)

Janet Nuzum

Janet Nuzum is the Associate Administrator for Policy of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). She joined USDA in September 2009 as a senior political appointee for the Obama administration and joined FAS in January 2010. She served her first year at FAS as the Association Administrator and General Sales Manager, with responsibility for agriculture’s role in the President’s National Export Initiative, export programs, food aid, technical assistance and exchange programs, and various trade barrier issues.

As the new Associate Administrator for Policy, her principal focus will continue to include the National Export Initiative, but she will be involved in a wider range of trade policy issues — multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade negotiations, trade disputes, technical and SPS barriers to trade, trade facilitation, capacity building, and other issues. She also oversees the analytical and reporting capabilities of FAS, which analyzes foreign agricultural markets and reports on opportunities for U.S. agricultural products around the world.

Before she joined USDA, much of Ms. Nuzum’s career focused on international trade policy for agricultural and non-agricultural goods. She served as Vice Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Administration. She worked extensively on Capitol Hill, first on the staff of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Trade Subcommittee during a time in the 1980s when international trade issues were becoming much more politically visible. She also served during that time as the Ways and Means Committee’s point person on farm bills and liaison with the agriculture committees.


Melissa Coyle - (1999-2000)

Melissa Coyle

Melissa Coyle is a Director at C&M International and specializes in analysis of free trade areas, U.S. trade policy affecting developing countries, trade and environment, government procurement, and issues related to the accession of countries to the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is also an expert on policies involving trade and public health issues — including intellectual property rights — affecting pharmaceutical products and vaccines under discussion at the WTO and World Health Organization.

Ms. Coyle joined C&M International after 13 years of service in the U.S. Government, largely at the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). She served as Chief Negotiator on tariffs and market access issues during the Uruguay Round, negotiating market access issues with more than 35 countries. Also at USTR, Ms. Coyle administered the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences and the Caribbean Basin Initiative and developed U.S. negotiating positions on non-tariff issues for the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement. Ms. Coyle also worked at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Mexico, helping to prepare for the NAFTA negotiations. She also served as a trade expert on the staff of the House Ways & Means Committee and at the National Security Council.

Ms. Coyle received an M.A. with honors in international politics and political economy from the Catholic University of America and holds a B.A., magna cum laude, in Spanish and political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Mary K. Alexander - (1998-1999)

Mary K. Alexander

Until her retirement, Mary K. Alexander worked 19 years in the Washington Office of Government and Public Affairs for Panasonic Corporation of North America. As Director, Government Relations, she monitored and lobbied on federal legislative and regulatory activities affecting Panasonic’s North American operations, focusing on international trade, tax, and general corporate affairs issues.

Before joining Panasonic, Ms. Alexander’s professional career included ten years with the U.S. Congress, including work for the Trade Subcommittee of the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Charles H. Percy (R-IL), and Congressman Orval Hansen (R-ID). She also served as Director of Trade Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy and worked with the U.S. State Department in Damascus, Syria, and the United States.

Before retiring in 2008, Ms. Alexander chaired the Joint Industry Group, an ad hoc coalition of Fortune 500 companies, carriers, customs brokers, trade associations, service providers, and law firms with a common interest in global commerce. She is past chair of the Trade & Logistics Working Group for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and past chair of the Government Affairs Council of CEA. She also is past chair of the International Trade Policy Committee of the Electronic Industries Alliance. In addition, for ten years she chaired the Government Policy Council of the International Electronics Manufacturers and Consumers of America.

Ms. Alexander has held a number of leadership positions with WIIT and its educational arm, the WIIT Charitable Trust. She served as WIIT President, membership chair, and board member. As the founding chair of the Trust, she focused the Trust’s work on trade education. As a result, the Trust developed a high school module on teaching international trade concepts, which has been used in Washington area schools and in schools around the U.S. In 2004 WIIT honored Ms. Alexander with its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Alexander has a B.A. in history from Ursinus College and did graduate work at George Washington University. After retiring, she received her certificate as a Master Naturalist and now teaches children about nature. She also is the Washington representative for Friends of the Earth Middle East, an environmental peace-building organization. The rest of her time is spent on Northern Virginia politics.


June DeHart - (1997-1998)

June DeHart

June Langston DeHart is a partner at Manatt and has been with the firm since 1987. She serves her clients as a Washington problem-solver, seeking creative solutions in the federal arena. Ms. DeHart represents her clients’ positions in policymaking proceedings before the U.S. Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and international organizations. Ms. DeHart’s clients include U.S. and international businesses, state and local governments, other public entities, foreign governments, trade associations, and nonprofits.

In her tenure at Manatt, Ms. DeHart has served as Managing Partner of the Washington, DC office and Co-Chairman of the Washington Government Practice Group. She has also served on the firm’s Management Committee, Intake Committee, Women’s Initiative Committee, and Associate Review Committee.

Prior to joining Manatt, Ms. DeHart served as Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, and Government Processes. She served as legislative assistant and legal counsel to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). Ms. DeHart has extensive prior experience in state government.

Ms. DeHart received her B.S. degree in political science from Millsaps College and her J.D. degree from the Mississippi College School of Law.


Loretta L. Schmitzer - (1996-1997)

Loretta L. Schmitzer

Loretta L. Schmitzer is Vice President of International Operations and Policy for The Boeing Company. In that position, she is responsible for the company’s congressional foreign policy/international affairs outreach and advocacy. In addition, she staffs the CEO in his role as Chair of the President’s Export Council.

Ms. Schmitzer joined Boeing when it purchased the former Hughes Space and Communications in October of 2000. From 1995 through 2000, she was Vice President of Government Affairs for Hughes Electronics and head of the Hughes Washington office. Ms. Schmitzer was responsible for all Hughes activities and relationships in Washington, working with the executive branch, the Congress, and regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission.

From 1993 through 1995, Ms. Schmitzer was Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. She also served as Acting Chief of Staff for the Department in 1995. In this position, she was responsible for all the department’s relationships on the Hill and with governors and mayors. In 1992, Ms. Schmitzer served as Deputy Coordinator of the Economics Cluster of the Clinton-Gore Transition.

From 1979 through 1993, Loretta was Senior Trade Counsel of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Working for the chairman, Senator Ernest F. Hollings, she handled all trade issues for the chairman and the committee.

Ms. Schmitzer has served on the Board of CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield since 2004. She also has served as President of WIIT and on the Board of the Washington International Trade Association. She is a member of the Trade Policy Forum and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is a member of the Kentucky and DC bars.

Ms. Schmitzer received a B.A. in history with high honors from the University of Kentucky, a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law with Order of the Coif, and a Master’s in Law from Georgetown University.

Valerie Ploumpis - (1995-1996)

Valerie Ploumpis

Since 2007, Valerie Ploumpis has been the President of Direct Connections Campaign Services, which specializes in political consulting and community outreach. Prior to joining Direct Connections Campaign Services, Ms. Ploumpis had a long career focused on international trade issues, most recently as the Associate Director for the Japan Business Federation. Ms. Ploumpis worked previously as the Senior Vice President of the European-American Business Council and the Senior Vice President of French & Company. She has also worked for Nissho Iwai American Corp. and the Embassy of Korea.

Barbara D. Linney - (1994-1995)

Barbara D. Linney

Barbara Linney is a member in the Washington, DC office of the law firm of Miller & Chevalier, Chartered, practicing in the area of international trade and transactions. She regularly advises both U.S. and foreign clients regarding U.S. export controls and international economic sanctions, defense trade and security regulations, and other international trade and business issues, including foreign investment review, mergers, acquisitions and financings, and anti-corruption and anti-boycott compliance. She represents clients before various federal agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Defense, State, and Treasury (Office of Foreign Assets Control and Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States).

Ms. Linney, who holds a master’s degree in international law from Georgetown University, is an active member and a past President of WIIT and serves as pro bono general counsel to WIIT and Women in Federal Law Enforcement, Inc. (WIFLE). In 2006, Ms. Linney was the recipient of WIIT’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, she received the WIFLE Executive Committee award in recognition of her pro bono service.

Michele Sherman Davenport - (1993-1994)

Michele Sherman Davenport

Michele Sherman Davenport is the managing partner of Davenport & James PLLC in Washington, DC, and is qualified to practice as both a U.S. lawyer and an English solicitor. She represents foreign exporters and United States importers of products and services subject to regulation by the U.S. government. She also advises clients in NAFTA and WTO dispute settlement proceedings and in international arbitrations.

Laura M. Baughman - (1992-1993)

Laura M. Baughman

Laura M. Baughman is President of The Trade Partnership, a trade and economic consulting firm she started in 1991, and Trade Partnership Worldwide, LLC, which she formed with Dr. Joseph Francois and Dr. Dean Spinanger in 2001. Ms. Baughman has been an international economist since 1977. She follows closely the impacts, both prospective and actual, of trade policies and programs on the U.S. economy and the trade flows of U.S. trading partners. The firms produce detailed economic assessments of these policies and programs based on traditional economic modeling.

Ms. Baughman follows closely the U.S. trade policy formulation process, assisting clients in providing input to that process. She also leads the Coalition for GSP, a group of American businesses that ensure that Congress renews the GSP program when it expires. Ms. Baughman holds degrees in economics from Columbia and Georgetown Universities.


Brenda Jacobs - (1991-1992)

Brenda Jacobs

Brenda Jacobs is counsel with Sidley Austin LLP. In this capacity, Ms. Jacobs provides strategic and legal guidance to multinationals, trade associations, and governments on customs and trade law and policy, commerce, and legislation. She represents clients before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Consumer Product Safety Board, and the U.S. Congress.

Ms. Jacobs previously served as Senior Counsel for Trade Agreements at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She was one of the primary U.S. Government negotiators of the 1986 Protocol extending the Multifiber Arrangement. Before that Ms. Jacobs served in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s General Counsel’s office. Ms. Jacobs is a frequent speaker on current trade topics.

Robin Lanier - (1990-1991)

Kathleen Patterson - (1989-1990)

Kathleen Patterson

Kathleen F. Patterson is an attorney and mediator whose career focused on international trade law and subsequently on dispute resolution, mediation and mediation training. She developed Mediation Training and Train the Trainer materials for a State Department funded program to establish mediation in Romania that resulted in a nation-wide network of over 240 Romanian mediators. For almost nine years, Ms. Patterson served as a mediator/arbitrator for the resolution of disputes related to the order of the Federal Communications Commission requiring the reallocation of the 800 MHz radio spectrum. She served as an alternative dispute resolution attorney (disaster assistance employee) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She has chaired and/or served as a member of bi-national dispute settlement panels under international trade agreements. In addition, she served for over 15 years as a civil mediator for the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, mediating some 200 + cases in diverse areas of law, including landlord/tenant, personal injury and commercial disputes.

Earlier, Ms. Patterson specialized in international trade law, advising governments, manufacturers, exporters and importers from countries such as Taiwan, Israel, India, Pakistan, Spain, Argentina, Korea, and the former Yugoslavia. She has broad experience in matters concerning bilateral or multilateral trade agreements and has served as general counsel to an importers trade association. Ms. Patterson has written and lectured on international trade issues in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Before establishing a sole practice, Ms. Patterson was a partner in the law firm of Whitman & Ransom and, before that, in the international law firm of Kaplan Russin & Vecchi. As an adjunct law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, she taught comparative trade law and international commercial law. Ms. Patterson also sits or has sat on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

Ms. Patterson was one of the founding members, past president and general counsel of Women in International Trade. She was also one of the organizers and founding members of the Organization of Women in International Trade.

Julia K. Hughes - (1987-1989)

Julia K. Hughes

Julia K. Hughes is the President of the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA). USA-ITA represents all segments of the fashion industry, from apparel brands to retailers to service companies. Ms. Hughes represents the interests of textile and apparel importers on trade policy issues to government officials, both in the United States and overseas. She has testified before Congress and the executive branch on textile trade issues. Ms. Hughes is also recognized as an expert in textile and apparel issues and is a frequent speaker at international conferences including the Apparel Sourcing Show, MAGIC, Foreign Service Institute, National Association of Manufacturers, Cotton Sourcing Summit, USIA’s Worldnet, the International Textiles and Clothing Bureau, Young Presidents’ Organization, World Trade Organization Beijing International Forum, and others.

Ms. Hughes also served as the first President of the international Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and is one of the founders — and the first President — of the Washington Chapter of Women in International Trade (WIIT) as well as the WIIT Charitable Trust. In 1992 she received the Outstanding Woman in International Trade award, and in 2008 she received the WIIT Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ms. Hughes has an M.A. degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.S. degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.