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 10,000 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, biopharmaceuticals, 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.
Shaina Adams is a DC native and an intern at WITA. She recently graduated from Wilson High School in DC where her interest in economics and business began through her participation in the school’s Hospitality and Tourism Academy. She enjoys learning Japanese and studied abroad in Japan for seven weeks when she was fifteen. During high school, she worked with her peers and district administration to improve public schools with the MAP Committee and the Citywide Student Voice Council. In the fall, she will be attending Harvard and concentrating in Economics and East Asian Studies.
Gwyneth Barry, born in Washington D.C., and raised in Maine, is a rising senior at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. At Georgetown, she is a Global Business major with minors in Economics and Women and Gender Studies. She has dedicated most of her high school and college career to diversity, equity, and inclusion and currently serves as the Vice President of DEI for her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta. Aside from her passions for international trade and DEI work, she also enjoys photography and exploring new places.
Jason Dirks is a rising senior at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is majoring in Economics with minors in Mathematics and Statistics. Jason’s involvement in the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance furthered his interest in International Trade. Here, he got the opportunity to research renewable energies to incorporate into Cargill’s international supply chains. He also examined the effectiveness of US free trade agreements in strengthening environmental regulations in other countries. This past semester, he studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain, and looks forward to future travels.
Howard Fei is a summer 2022 intern at WITA. He recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with Research Distinction in International Studies from The Ohio State University. Howard’s academic interest includes but is not limited to Foreign Policy, Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, Regional Trade Agreements, and Neoliberal International Relations Theories. While at Ohio State, he interned at US Senator Sherrod Brown’s office, Community Refugee & Immigration Services, and the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus. Howard also served as a Non-voting Board Member for Broad Street Food Pantry, a Columbus-based nonprofit food pantry. Howard hopes to pursue a career in the legislative branch related to foreign and trade policies.
Juliette Moses is a Senior at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently majoring in Political Science with a diplomacy and policy-making focus while getting a minor in Film and Media Studies. Juliette has specifically studied policy for environmental protection and has volunteered in beach clean ups in her hometown of Venice with Heal the Bay. Her study in film has also given her opportunities such as writing and co-producing two student films. She is in Washington as part of the UCDC study program.
Sarah Wozniak is a rising Sophomore at the College of William & Mary majoring in International Relations and Economics. Her interests include international trade and development, as well as disinformation. She works as a research assistant for two research labs at William & Mary, AidData and DisinfoLab, and is the Director of Public Relations for her school’s Journal of International Studies, The Monitor. Sarah is also a member of the Division 1 Women’s Gymnastics Team at William & Mary.
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