WITA Staff

Kenneth I. Levinson

Executive Director

Ken Levinson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA).  WITA is Washington’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the U.S. capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and economic issues. WITA and its affiliated groups have over 5,000 members, and more than 160 corporate sponsors and group memberships.

Ken has over 25 years of experience working with companies, associations, NGOs and governments, advocating innovative solutions to complex public policy challenges. Over the years, Ken has worked with clients in the technology, telecommunications, bio-pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food, financial services, retail, apparel, energy, and consumer products sectors.

Previously, Ken served as Senior Director for Global Government Affairs for AstraZeneca. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ken served as Senior Vice President and COO at the Washington, DC consulting firm of Fontheim International. Ken joined Fontheim after spending six years on the staff of U.S. Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV.  Ken advised the Senator on foreign policy and national security matters, and served as the Senator’s chief advisor on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, dealing with issues related to international trade and tax policy.

Ken received his Master’s Degree from New York University after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. Ken also spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Ken and his wife, the Reverend Donna Marsh, live in Bethesda, MD, with their two daughters.

To contact Ken, please email communications@wita.org.

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Diego Añez

Managing Director

Diego Añez is the Managing Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Executive Director of the Young Trade Professionals (YTP). He is responsible for daily management of operations, event coordination, strategic engagements and member services for the organization’s 4000 members and corporate sponsors. Diego also oversees WITA’s robust internship program and new hires for the organization. He coordinates with the Board of Directors on WITA’s portfolio of policy programming and the capstone event, the Annual Awards Dinner, providing direction and oversight on the organization’s activities.

As the first Executive Director of Young Trade Professionals, the largest group of under-40 trade policy professionals, Diego facilitates programming and collaborations for it’s 1600 members.

Diego is originally from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and was raised in Mobile, Alabama. Diego graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in International Political Economy and Comparative Politics.


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Madeline Blesi


Madeline is a rising senior in the Joint Degree Programme between the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Madeline is pursuing a B.A in International Relations with a focus on security and international trade, especially concerning Transatlantic Relations. She became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019. She hopes to expand her knowledge of the relationship between trade and security in fostering peace and cooperation in the international community. Outside of the office, she enjoys cheering on the Caps and the Nationals, exploring Scotland, and following current events.


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Alec Escobar


Alec Escobar is a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and a minor in Hispanic Studies. His primary interests are international trade, political economy, and the economic growth of developing countries. Hailing from Villanova, PA, Alec became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019. Outside of the office he enjoys playing the guitar, watching movies, and walking his dog Delphia.


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Mary Jane MacArthur


Mary Jane is a rising junior at Brigham Young University pursuing a B.S. in Economics with a minor in International Development. Originally from Northern Virginia, she became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019. While in DC, Mary Jane is excited to learn more about the role of trade policy in the growth of developing countries. Outside the office, she enjoys playing violin and piano, hiking, and visiting historical sites. 


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Jasmine Mitchell                       


Jasmine Mitchell is a rising junior at Oberlin College from Northern Virginia pursuing a B.A. in East Asian Studies with a focus on Japanese Language and Culture, and a concentration in International Studies. She became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019 and hopes to learn more about the intersection between trade and diplomacy. Outside of the office, she enjoys weightlifting, bike riding, and playing the piano. 



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Aaron Ettinger Witkin


Aaron Witkin is a rising sophomore at Haverford College with no declared major or minor but looking to minor in Spanish. For his major he is considering political science or psychology. A Washington D.C. resident all his life, he became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019. While working as an intern, he is looking forward to learning about the role cyber security plays in trade and gaining a better understanding of the global trade network. Outside of the office, he enjoys playing squash, creating digital art, and hiking.


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Daniel Xu


Daniel Xu is a rising junior at the College of William & Mary, pursuing a major in Public Policy and minor in Economics. He became an intern at the Washington International Trade Association in May 2019. He is excited to learn about the role that nonpartisan nonprofits play in the policymaking process. Outside the office, he enjoys cheering on the Washington Wizards, reading the news, and trying out new recipes.


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General Inquiries For more information please contact us at events@wita.org