Heather Helm

Heather Helm

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services
Industry & Analysis

Heather Helm is the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Services. In this position, she directs the U.S. Department of Commerce’s efforts to create the policy conditions for U.S. digital, financial, supply chain and other services industries to compete around the world. She sets priorities, directs policy development, and oversees high-profile Department of Commerce initiatives relative to Services.

Helm previously served as Acting Services Executive Director, where she worked with the DAS to provide strategic direction and communicate strategy, priorities, and the organization’s vision, mission, and goals to the Services organization. Prior to joining services on a detail assignment, Heather was the Director for the Office of Central and Southeast Europe in ITA’s Global Markets division, where she led a team working to advance U.S. business interests and expand market access in the region. Heather started her career at ITA working on World Trade Organization issues in 2003 and has held several trade policy positions across ITA since then, including previous roles in Industry and Analysis.

Helm is the recipient of the 2021 Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award, 2020 Charles F. Meissner Memorial Award, 2019 Global Markets Director General Individual Award for Leading Change, and International Trade Administration Quarterly Star Award in 2016 and 2006.

Helm has a Bachelor of Arts in international studies, as well as a Master of Arts in international relations, from American University.