Kenneth I. Levinson
Ken Levinson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). WITA is Washington’s largest non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum in the U.S. capital for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and economic issues. WITA and its affiliated groups have over 5,000 members, and more than 160 corporate sponsors and group memberships.
Ken has over 25 years of experience working with Drift companies, associations, NGOs and governments, advocating innovative solutions to complex public policy challenges. Over the years, Ken has worked with clients in the technology, telecommunications, bio-pharmaceuticals, agriculture and food, financial services, retail, apparel, energy, and consumer products sectors.
Previously, Ken served as Senior Director for Global Government Affairs for AstraZeneca. Prior to joining AstraZeneca, Ken served as Senior Vice President and COO at the Washington, DC consulting firm of Fontheim International. Ken joined Fontheim after spending six years on the staff of U.S. Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV. Ken advised the Senator on foreign policy and national security matters, and served as the Senator’s chief advisor on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, dealing with issues related to international trade and tax policy.
Ken received his Master’s Degree from New York University after doing his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts, in Amherst. Ken also spent a year studying at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Ken and his wife, the Reverend Donna Marsh, live in Bethesda, MD, with their two daughters.
Diego Añez is the Managing Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Executive Director of the Young Trade Professionals (YTP). He is responsible for daily management of operations, event coordination, strategic engagements and member services for the organization’s 4000 members and corporate sponsors. Diego also oversees WITA’s robust internship program and new hires for the organization. He coordinates with the Board of Directors on WITA’s portfolio of policy programming and the capstone event, the Annual Awards Dinner, providing direction and oversight on the organization’s activities.
As the first Executive Director of Young Trade Professionals, the largest group of under-40 trade policy professionals, Diego facilitates programming and collaborations for it’s 1600 members.
Diego is originally from Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia and was raised in Mobile, Alabama. Diego graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs with concentrations in International Political Economy and Comparative Politics.
Sebastian Petersen-Alven is a senior at UC San Diego studying political science and economics. Since transferring from Santa Monica College, he has worked with a number of advocacy and congressional campaigns. He also organizes with various advocacy organizations on his campus.
Sebastian was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and is graduating in June 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science International Relations, and a minor in Economics.
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