WITA Staff

Kenneth I. Levinson

Chief Executive Officer

Ken Levinson serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and Washington International Trade Foundation. 

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.

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Diego Añez

WITA Academy Executive Director

WITA Managing Director

Diego Añez is the Managing Director of the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Executive Director of the WITA Academy. 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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Bhuvana Bharadwaj


Bhuvana Bharadwaj is a senior studying Economics and Statistics with minors in Politics and Public Policy and Psychology at the Dietrich School of Social Sciences and Humanities and the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. Through her involvement in the Undergraduate Economic Research Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Bhuvana grew an interest in Economic Inequality, Economic Policy, and International Trade Policy. She aims to increase her experience in analyzing international economic policy. Previously, she focused on domestic economic policy and commerce through her undergraduate research and her previous internship at Cube Construction Services, LLC. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career in quantitative analysis or economic policy at a large investment bank, think tank, or governmental organization.

Yianna Schneckloth


Yianna is from Mundelein, IL, and is a junior at Loyola University of Chicago. She is pursuing a double major in Global Studies and Political Science and a minor in European Studies. Her academic interests include Foreign Policy, International Law, International Relations, and languages. At Loyola, she is an active member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and of the Hellenic Student Association. Aside from her educational passions, she enjoys reading, traveling, and cooking new dishes.

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