The YTP Executive Committee consists of nine members, who administer the logistics of the organization, coordinate YTP events and maintain member relations. Members are invited to serve either as officers or in supportive roles. Officer elections take place annually in September, and ad-hoc requests to support leadership are accepted at any time—just send an email to the officer with whom you’re interested in working.
YTP Executive Committee:
President Abigail Struxness, FBB Federal Relations
Vice President Joaquín Vázquez
Organizational Development Officer: Fannie Delavelle, Trade and Public Policy Attaché, Embassy of France
Budget Officer & President Emeritus Margaret Ververis, Ferrari & Associates, P.C.
Membership Officer: Zach Sentementes
Programming Officer: Yuzhe Pengling
Trade Advisory Board
President The President is responsible for coordinating YTP leadership, calling for executive committee meetings, representing YTP externally and maintaining YTP’s relationship with WITA.
Vice President The Vice President is responsible for presiding over YTP in the absence of the President, as well as working closely in conjunction with Budget and Organizational Development Officers on their tasks.
Membership Outreach The Membership Outreach Officer is responsible for integrating new members into the organization and enlarging the existing membership base. The Committee is also responsible for cultivating and expanding YTP’s relationship with other Young Professional groups in and around Washington DC. Responsibilities include:
- Expanding YTP’s membership and helping new members integrate into the organization
- Maintaining YTP’s social networking sites
- Liaising with other professional groups in Washington to identify opportunities to collaborate
Budget The Budget Officer is responsible for all of YTP’s budgetary matter. Responsibilities include:
- Drafting YTP’s annual budget within one month of fund allocation from WITA
- Ensuring YTP’s adherence to the budget, including submitting new items to the Executive Committee for approval
Organizational Development The Organizational Development Officer is responsible for increasing the efficiency and efficacy of YTP, as well as ensuring that the transition of leadership after election is fluid. Responsibilities include:
- Developing YTPs working plans and strategic goals
- Building leadership through experience managing the organization
- Coming up with creative ideas for increasing efficiency
Programming The Programming Officer is in charge of managing YTP’s events calendar. The Programming Committee suggests forum speakers and topics, and determines venues for forums, meetings and happy hours. Responsibilities include:
- Shaping YTP’s calendar, including forums and happy hours
- Maintaining contact with forum speakers and coordinate topics for forums
- Setting up events that would provide YTP members with exclusive insight into trade inner-circle
Communications The Communications Officer is responsible for maintaining and expanding YTPs membership, largely through external relations and internal communication. Responsibilities include:
- Developing YTP’s marketing strategy to attract new members
- Reaching out to organizations around Washington whose employees may be interested in YTP
- Acting as YTP’s external wing, and establishing professional contacts around Washington
Abigail Struxness, President, FBB Federal Relations Abigail has served on the YTP board since 2013, most recently as Vice President. Abigail is an associate at FBB Federal Relations, where she provides guidance to clients on supply chain and logistics issues, trade compliance matters, and legislative and regulatory affairs. She also manages the Agriculture Transportation Coalition, a national association of U.S. agriculture and forest products exporters. Prior to joining FBB, Abigail interned at Business Oregon, the Washington International Trade Association, and the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones. Abigail graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA with a B.A. in International Political Economy. She studied international development and comparative politics abroad in Windhoek, Namibia. She is originally from Portland, OR.
Joaquín Vázquez, Vice President, Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP Joaquín Vázquez works at Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP serving clients ranging from multinational corporations to governments in international trade and customs matters including trade remedies, litigation, trade regulation and policy, anti dumping/countervailing duties and export/import controls. He has prior trade experience dealing with the International Trade Administration, US Commercial Service, the Export-Import Bank of the US, and the US Trade Representative and has also previously worked at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the National Lawyers Guild. Mr. Vázquez was among an accepted few into an academic and professional program at the University of California, Washington Center (UCDC), where he conducted research focused on US foreign policy and international trade while interning at the Department of Commerce and USTR. Prior to this, he studied abroad in Switzerland at the University of Geneva, conducting development policy research while participating in a professional development program with the WTO, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the UN Development Programme.
Yuzhe PengLing, Programming Officer, Mowry & Grimson, PLLC Yuzhe PengLing is an international trade associate with Mowry & Grimson, PLLC, a law firm based in Washington, D.C. Her practice focuses on trade remedy proceedings, including anti-dumping/countervailing duty disputes. Yuzhe regularly represents clients before the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and federal courts. Yuzhe received her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Peking University in Beijing, China, and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an articles editor on the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law. While in law school, Yuzhe interned at the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Yuzhe lives in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband, a fellow University of Michigan Law School graduate. She enjoys horseback riding, dancing, and traveling to new and exciting places.
Margaret Ververis, Budget Officer & President Emeritus, Ferrari & Associates, P.C. Margaret Ververis is a Senior Associate with Ferrari & Associates, P.C., and has practiced extensively in the field of U.S. sanctions compliance. To this end, she frequently assists U.S. and foreign clients to navigate the complex regulatory framework of U.S. sanctions and likewise provides guidance for clients seeking to pursue business ventures in high-risk regions. In addition to trade compliance, Margaret is also a skilled defense attorney and litigator, and has represented clients in federal courts across the country. Margaret received her B.S. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. She graduated with her J.D. from South Texas College of Law in 2011. While in law school, she was an Associate Editor for Corporate Counsel Review, the journal of the Corporate Counsel section of the State Bar of Texas. Margaret was one of a select few visiting students with the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Legal Externship Program in Washington, D.C., and also studied abroad at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.
Fannie Delavelle, Organizational Development Officer, Trade and Public Policy Attaché, Embassy of France Fannie is the trade and investment attache at the Embassy of France in Washington DC. Having lived in 5 countries, she is passionate about activating global networks to enact change from the ground up. To pursue that goal, she has provided strategy consulting services to an NGO seeking to expand its activities in DC, and organized sessions on “Skills for the New Economy” for an audience of 300+ youth leaders at the annual World Bank Group Summit on Education. She has served in leadership capacities in several organisations, managing a video project to bring the voice of the global youth to COP21 in 2015, and coordinating a team of students to undertake consulting work on global economic risks for the World Food Programme. Fannie graduated from the London School of Economics and Sciences Po Paris in 2014, where she studied International Political Economy. After graduation, she worked at the European Commission on a sustainability and capacity-building initiative in developing countries.
Zach Sentementes, Membership Officer, Washington International Trade Association 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. Most recently, Zach interned at the Washington International Trade Association for six months before which has since evolved into his current role as a Research associate for the organization. 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.
Liz Abbott-Beaumont, Advisory Board Member, FEMA Liz Abbott-Beaumont is a Program Analyst – Project Manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Her experience in trade stems from working in Corporate Social Responsibility managing accounts for Fortune 500 companies. The focus was in trade and labor rights policies, especially in Latin and Central America. Prior to working in D.C., Liz received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 2015. She graduated with a triple major in Anthropology, Spanish and Political Science. During her time there, Liz worked at the National Defense University where she assisting in publishing three articles on South American cybersecurity post-Snowden.
Drew Dushkes, Advisory Board Member, International Trade Commission Drew Dushkes is a native Angeleno who has lived, studied, and worked in Washington, DC for the last three years. Drew received his B.A. in Global Studies from UCLA and his M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and he currently works as an investigator for the U.S. International Trade Commission. His past roles in the trade community include internships with the Treasury Department and the Office of the U.S. International Trade Representative. Prior to that, he spent a year living and working in South Korea. Drew has been an YTP member since 2015, and he looks forward to representing the organization in what will surely be another exciting year for trade! YTP Bylaws_Revised_2011.pdf (170.758 KB)