Kenneth I. Levinson
Ken Levinson serves as the Executive Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA). WITA is the world’s largest non-profit, non-partisan membership organization dedicated to providing a neutral forum for the open and robust discussion of international trade policy and economic issues. WITA and its affiliated groups have over 6,000 members, and more than 160 corporate sponsors and group memberships.
Ken has over 30 years of experience working with 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.
Jake O’Keeffe graduated with Departmental Honors in 2020 from Johns Hopkins University, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. His focus on aerospace culminated in a capstone project to design a Saturn atmospheric study mission for the Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). He was a Senior Class Senator and President of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and he won multiple leadership scholarships from the alumni board. His early experience included a design engineering project for a technology business and a marketing role for a Fintech start-up.
More recently, Jake worked on a Senate campaign and was an outreach volunteer for a Presidential campaign. Originally from London, he is a dual USA/UK citizen.
Jude Althagafi is a senior at the University of California Irvine, earning a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a geographic focus on Asia and a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Jude was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She has previously worked in a semi-governmental organization in developing several projects during a phase of ministry mergers.
Currently, Jude is the Saudi Student Association’s president at UC Irvine and previously held the role of vice president of memberships at ZotSpeak, a Toastmasters club. She will be graduating from UCI in December 2021.
Sara Solorzano is a junior at the University of California, San Diego, and is pursuing her degree in International Studies with an emphasis on Sociology. She is also pursuing a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies (CLS) and is currently a student representative for the CLS department at UC San Diego. She was born and raised in Southern California. Sara brings an array of experience from the various work and volunteer settings that she has worked with. She earned her associate’s degree in Social Work.
Sara held a leadership role in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at her community college and was recently inducted into the national academic honors society, Tau Sigma, at UC San Diego. The Tau Sigma honors society recognizes the academic achievements of university transfer students. Currently, Sara is working as an Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator for a student resource program that she assisted in implementing and launching at UC San Diego.
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