Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion, and Strategy
U.S. Department of Commerce
International Trade Administration
Michael Masserman serves as the Presidentially appointed Executive Director for Export Policy, Promotion & Strategy at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, he leads Commerce and government-wide efforts to implement President Obama's National Export Initiative to help U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets, and compete globally. He works with companies of all sizes and in a cross-section of sectors to overcome a variety of global regulatory, policy and financial hurdles. In addition, he develops domestic and international strategic partnerships with public and private-sector entities to promote the importance of exports and global fluency. He also oversees programs to enhance awareness of trade opportunities in emerging markets like Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to his current role, Michael served as Director of the Office of Advisory Committees within the Department of Commerce, where he managed over 20 different committees, including the President's Export Council, that advise the President and various Cabinet Members on the formulation and implementation of trade policies.
Michael began his career practicing international corporate law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York, where his focus was primarily on domestic and cross-border capital markets and securities transactions. He then moved to Sydney, Australia, where he worked at the law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques and specialized in international mergers and acquisitions.
Michael took a leave of absence from Mallesons to join the Obama campaign in 2008, where he held various leadership roles in a number of states. After the campaign, he worked as a business development consultant helping to launch a start-up company and develop its global strategy.
Michael is a fellow with the Truman National Security Project.
He received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Michigan and his J.D. cum laude from University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
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