WITA Staff

Kenneth I. Levinson

Executive Director

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.

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Diego Añez

Managing Director

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.

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Erin Cearlock


Erin Cearlock is a sophomore at William & Mary studying International Relations and Chinese Studies. On campus, she serves on the Secretariat of the International Relations Club, is a delegate on the Panhellenic Council, and is a member of multiple performing arts organizations. She previously volunteered at the Asia Society Texas Center and is a Mandarin Chinese National Security Language Institute for Youth alumna.  

Erin is originally from Houston, Texas and will graduate in 2024 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Chinese Studies with a potential minor in Anthropology. 

Savannah Gerlach


Savannah Gerlach is a junior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying agricultural economics and international agriculture. On campus, she serves as a senator for student government, a counselor for the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute and as a student fellow for the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance.  

Savannah was born and raised in De Witt, Nebraska and will graduate in May 2023 with a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Economics and minors in International Agriculture and Natural Resources and Leadership and Communications.

Johnny Morris


Johnny Morris is a Masters student studying International Business at the Munich Business School. His working experience background has centered around International Trade and FDI consultancy, having interned at the UK Department for International Trade and OCO Global, a UK based International Trade consultancy firm.

Johnny was born and raised in Birmingham, England and is graduating from the Munich Business School in February 2022 with a Masters in International Business and hopes to build a career in the International Trade and Trade Policy sphere.

Ryan Murphy


Ryan Murphy is a junior at Haverford College studying international governance and political economy. On campus, he is co-president of the college’s oldest a cappella group and sings with a selective chamber vocal group. Prior to WITA, he has worked with a fellow of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California on international conflict research, and has regularly volunteered as a greeter at the local Historical Society.  

Ryan was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Lexington. He will be graduating in 2023 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics

Jake O’Keeffe


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.

Sebastian Petersen-Alven


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. 

Ashley Singh


Ashley Singh is a sophomore at UC Davis studying managerial economics and international relations. She has experience working in various business organizations, professional development platforms, political campaigns, and business development projects. At UC Davis, she is the sales director of Open Ceilings Literary Magazine, and a member of Davis Women In Business.

Ashley was born in Punjab, India, and was raised in Orange County, California. She will be graduating in June 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Managerial Economics, a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and a minor in Technology Management.

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