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Jamaica Gayle Appointed Global Innovation Forum Executive Director

Washington D.C. – National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) President Jake Colvin today announced the appointment of Jamaica Gayle as Executive Director of the NFTC Foundation's Global Innovation Forum (GIF) as of November 1, 2021.

"I am thrilled that Jamaica will serve as GIF's Executive Director.

"In her time as Deputy Director, she played a pivotal role in elevating the opportunities and challenges small businesses face in the global economy.

"I am confident that as Executive Director she will continue to be an outstanding champion for the needs of globally-minded small businesses and an advocate for the importance of technology and trade policies in fostering resilience and inclusive growth in communities around the world."

Jamaica previously served as Deputy Director of GIF. She succeeds Jake Colvin, who stepped down when he became President of NFTC on October 1, 2021.

To read her full bio, click here.


About the NFTC
Serving America's Global Businesses Since 1914 - The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules- based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves 100 member companies through its office in Washington D.C.

About the Global Innovation Forum
The Global Innovation Forum is a nonprofit effort to connect startup, small business, development, and university communities with policymakers and select corporations to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the global marketplace. GIF serves as a hub for business, university and development communities around the world to communicate with officials and corporations, discover public and private resources to help them succeed, and improve the public policy landscape to enable global innovation. GIF is a project of the 501(c)(3) National Foreign Trade Council Foundation. For more information about GIF, visit the website at