National Foreign Trade Council
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Rufus Yerxa Ambassador Yerxa became President of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) in May 2016. The NFTC, founded in 1914, is the oldest trade association dedicated solely to advancing the interests of U.S. companies in international commerce. The organization represents over 200 companies through its offices in Washington, D.C. and New York. As president, he oversees NFTC’s efforts in favor of a more open, rules based world economy, focusing on key issues to U.S. competitiveness such as international trade and tax policy, economic sanctions, export finance and human resource management. He is also a Visiting Professor with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS).
Jake Colvin is a Vice President, Global Trade Issues, at the NFTC. Jake leads the Council's work to modernize trade rules for the digital age and heads a project to promote trade policy solutions to pressing global challenges such as climate change. He directs a series of dialogues around the country with business leaders, educators and entrepreneurs to explore the role of the global marketplace in the success of American businesses and workers. Jake has written for Business Week,
Charles W. Dittrich is Vice President, Regional Trade Initiatives for the
Catherine Schultz is the Vice President for Tax Policy at the NFTC. Her responsibilities include international tax policy including legislative, regulatory, administration, and tax treaty activity. Prior to joining the NFTC, she was a Principal at Capital Strategies Group, LLC, where she represented client interests on pending tax legislation and served as a legislative advocate on international taxation, research and development, depreciation and capital gains.
Richard Sawaya is Vice President. In this role, he oversees the advocacy efforts of the USA*Engage Unilateral Sanctions Project, which was formed in 1997 to promote alternatives to the use of costly and ineffective unilateral U.S. sanctions. Sawaya also works with the NFTC to press for reform of U.S. visa and entry policies and the export control system.
Marshall Lane is the Senior Director of Operations at the NFTC. He is responsible for the overall management of operations, information
Vivian D. Myers is the Office Manager at the NFTC.
Jordan Gerstler-Holton is a Program Director at the NFTC. He has six years of experience living and working in the Middle East, where he worked as a journalist in Egypt, and almost two years of experience working as a Middle East Analyst for IHS Country Risk. Jordan has an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Vassar College. He is also a graduate of the Center for Arabic Study Abroad program at the American University of Cairo. Languages: Arabic, French, Italian.
Sarah E. Frese is a Program Director at the NFTC. She is also a contributor to Oxford Analytica, a political and
William R. Sheridan is Vice President, International Human Resource Services of the NFTC. Based in the New York City office of the NFTC, Bill is responsible for several of their international human resource committees and roundtables; expatriate cost management information; policy and vendor resources; and the human resource professionals database.
Grace M. O'Rourke is a Vice President based in the New York City office of the NFTC.
Sandra Rodriguez is the Office Manager at the NFTC's New York Office.