Joseph Hanley was appointed the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for U.S. Field Operations at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) in January 2021. He oversees approximately 275 trade professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities, focused on assisting U.S. businesses to export their goods and services to foreign markets and attract foreign direct investment to grow jobs in the United States.
In his regular capacity Joe serves as the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Region of 14 U.S. Export Assistance Centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The Mid-Atlantic Region is part of the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service global network of offices across the United States and in U.S. embassies and consulates throughout the world.
In addition to his role as Regional Director, Joe has worked with his team to spearhead several national initiatives including Trade Winds, an overseas trade promotion conference and mission held annually for eleven years in Turkey, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore, Korea, Colombia, South Africa, Chile, Romania and India. Through this award-winning program, thousands of U.S. companies from nearly all 50 states have participated in Trade Winds to successfully develop U.S. export sales in new overseas markets. The event series has been recognized with the ITA Bronze Medal Award and twice received the U.S. Department of Commerce Silver Medal Award.
Joe also worked with his team to develop the Discover Global Markets export promotion conference; staging initial events in New Jersey in 2012 and in North Carolina in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Joe led the national launch of the Discover Global Markets program series across the country, resulting in a highly successful series of national events over the last seven years that have benefitted thousands of U.S. companies across the country.
Joe served as the Commerce Department’s overall project coordinator for U.S. Partner Country status at Hannover Messe in Germany in April 2016. Led by the Secretary of Commerce, this event featured President Obama and Chancellor Merkel opening the event and touring the trade show floor. Over 10 months, Joe planned and coordinated worldwide efforts across multiple work-streams, including export promotion, inward investment, trade policy, trade events, and event budget/sponsorships. The project team exceeded expectations by every measure, including unprecedented levels of participation by U.S. companies, EDOs, and event sponsors, leading to recognition with ITA’s Bronze Medal Award and the U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award.
Before joining the Commerce Department Joe earned an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration in International Economic Policy from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Scranton. Raised in Scranton, Joe currently resides with his family just outside of Philadelphia in Glenside, PA.