Margaret Jackson is the Acting Chief of Staff for the International Trade Administration. In this role, she provides operational management for the bureau, oversees the development of policies and programs that serve the objectives of the Secretary of Commerce and the Biden-Harris Administration, and offers strategic support to the Under Secretary for International Trade.
Jackson joined the Department of Commerce as a White House Fellow placed in the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, where she served on the team to stand up the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. She also served as a Senior Advisor at ITA charged with enhancing the capabilities of the organization to leverage opportunities and overcome economic challenges related to a changing climate and geopolitical environment.
Prior to her service in the Biden-Harris Administration, Jackson was the Deputy Director for Climate and Advanced Energy at the Atlantic Council, a nonpartisan, foreign policy think tank, where she led engagement with stakeholders across government, industry, and civil society to develop policy solutions to advance a clean and just energy transition. She was a Fulbright scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, a Council on Foreign Relations-Hitachi International Affairs Fellow at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a former US Navy Surface Warfare Officer with multiple deployments to the Indo-Pacific region. Throughout her career, she has advocated for organizational changes to support women and veterans in the workplace.
Jackson earned a Master of Arts from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.