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Ashley Friedman

Director, Global Policy

Areas of Expertise:
Latin America; Innovation; International Trade

As the Director of Global Policy at ITI, Ashley leads ITI’s engagement in Latin America and works on a wide range of trade and innovation issues. She also coordinates ITI Decodes, ITI’s collaborative initiative to help officials around the world better understand innovation and the tech sector. She brings years of experience advising on a wide array of international trade and global policy issues, as well as supporting U.S. companies, their interests, and their investments abroad. Ashley served as the Policy Advisor for International Trade and Investment to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. While holding the position, Ashley helped to support key priorities and initiatives in areas such as foreign policy, digital economy, cybersecurity, and trade. When President Obama changed his policy approach toward Cuba in 2014, Ashley played a critical role in helping to connect and elevate work related to Cuba for each of the Commerce Department’s bureaus.

Prior to that role, Ashley served for six years as the Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mercosur, and Cuba Desk Officer at the International Trade Administration’s Office of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this position, Ashley managed all trade and economic relations with those countries for the Department of Commerce, developed market strategies for U.S. businesses, demonstrated strategic leadership, and worked on facilitating projects throughout the Caribbean and South America. She worked on a series of projects aimed at elevating policy conversations through more creative channels, achieving important milestones in commercial diplomacy.

Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a Master’s Degree in International Trade and Investment Policy, both from The George Washington University.

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