Livia Shmavonian joined the International Trade Administration in September 2021 as Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. In this role, she oversees a team that serves as the primary interface between ITA and United States Congress and state and local governments on ITA’s programs, policies, and overall efforts to expand the global reach of U.S. businesses, drive inward investment, and overcome barriers to free and fair trade.
Prior to ITA, Livia served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Bob Casey and as Democratic Staff Director to the Senate Finance Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness. In these roles, she managed the Democratic operations and agenda for the Subcommittee and served as lead advisor to Senator Casey on trade, economic policy, tax, and financial services. Her responsibilities included developing hearing topics on a bipartisan basis and executing subcommittee hearings, most recently covering censorship as a non-tariff barrier to trade as well as China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
More recently, Livia led Senator Casey’s initiative to incorporate women’s rights and the advancement of equal protection under law as a core U.S. trade policy priority, which included efforts to modernize criteria in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to incorporate the rights of women, human rights, non-discrimination, and violence and harassment. Livia’s economic policy work focused on conditions that support and promote fair competition, workers, and families.
Livia previously served on the policy staffs of Congressman Jim Langevin and Congressman Jim McDermott. She is a native of Chico, California, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.