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 US capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and economic issues. WITA has over 1,800 members, and more than 130 corporate sponsors and group memberships.
Ken has over 20 years of experience working with companies, associations, NGOs and governments, advocating innovative solutions to complex public policy challenges. He is also a principal in the firm KLC Strategies, and a senior advisor to Fontheim International, Rasmussen Public Affairs, and the Advocom Group. Over the years, Ken has worked with clients in the technology, telecommunications, bio-pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food, financial services, retail, 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, where he served as the Senator’s chief advisor for international trade, tax, foreign policy, and national security.
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.
Diego Añez is the Managing Director at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). He joined the WITA team in February of 2013, and currently manages operations for WITA, including membership outreach, event coordination, and strategic planning. Diego also oversees the internship program and new hires for the organization. He coordinates with the Board of Directors on WITA’s policy programming and capstone event, the Annual Awards Dinner.
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 B.A. in Spanish and a B.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in International Political Economy and Comparative Politics. He speaks both Spanish and English fluently, and he hopes to grow the organization not only within the Washington D.C. area, but also internationally, spreading WITA’s educational trade policy mission abroad.
Zach is a recent graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. He holds a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Mandarin studies. Zach additionally spent a semester abroad at Communication University of China in Beijing furthering his language studies.
Zach is primarily interested in the development of regional economic integration and the global supply chain. In his last year of university, Zach was given the opportunity to lecture on numerous topics ranging from monetary policy to framing free trade agreements in two multi-disciplinary political economics courses while working as a teaching assistant. This academic experience in international trade has motivated Zach to pursue a career in trade policy.
Josh is currently a senior at Liberty University pursuing a degree in International Business & Project Management.
Josh is predominantly interested in business development, entrepreneurship, and global value chains, with a focus on Latin America. Outside of school, Josh has made dozens of trips to Nicaragua and has worked on the development of a small, agricultural project which empowers indigenous farmers and sells their products of fruits throughout the rest of Nicaragua. Josh hopes to gain more knowledge on international trade policy and work to help businesses attain market access to sell their products and services.
Hannah will graduate this May with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration specializing in
Project Management from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.
Currently, she works as an events-coordinator intern for the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and enjoys learning about the impact of international trade on the business community. Hannah owns her own small business through the selling platform, Etsy. Hannah has been able to experience international trade firsthand by selling her products to countries around the world, and she has noticed the impact trade has on small businesses. Her primary interests are entrepreneurship and working with SMEs. She hopes to continue her education to obtain a Master’s degree in Entrepreneurship and Technology Design.
Gwen is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She holds a B.S. in International Economics with a focus in business-government relations and the Asia Pacific region. She is particularly interested in international trade policy and law, specifically in the way businesses and governments use and shape these rules to advance their interests. She is also interested in international investment patterns and government policy regulating it. Gwen is originally from Sydney, Australia.
Eduardo is a fourth-year student at The George Washington University studying International Business and Religions. He has held previous internship positions with the Brazilian Embassy’s Trade and Commerce Sector, the Marketing department of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and currently serves as a teaching assistant at the GW Business School.
Earlier in his college career, Eduardo chose to spend a semester at the East China Normal University in Shanghai; learning business and Mandarin. His global experiences and interests have enhanced his interest in international trade. Eduardo is originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is interested in photography, geography, martial arts and numismatics.
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