About - Staff Member - Ashley Friedman
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.
Blog Posts by Ashley Friedman
Argentina’s Time to Lead on Global Digital Trade (April 27, 2017)
Digital technology has transformed the way we live, learn, work, and do business, and our economy today is connected like never before. This week, we have a chance to further improve the environment for ...
Colombian Tax Reform: An Essential Step Towards Long Term Economic Strength (October 06, 2016)
Over the last decade, Colombia has steadily embarked on a path towards becoming one of the leading economies in Latin America. Colombia is in the midst of a remarkable transformation that stands to improve ...
Going Global with a Click of the Button: What Local Presence Requirements Get Wrong About the 21st Century Economy (August 16, 2016)
The internet has enabled companies to go global before they go national by leveraging e-commerce platforms, social media, and websites to find suppliers, customers, and partners anywhere in the world. ...
Going for Gold in Personal Data Protection in Brazil (August 08, 2016)
All eyes are on Brazil as champion athletes from around the world gather to compete for Olympic medals. In between watching and cheering for Team USA, I’ll also be watching something that is getting much ...
Liderazgo y Innovación: ITI Travels to Chile and Argentina to Talk Technology (June 20, 2016)
This week, ITI’s attention turns to Chile and Argentina, where we are leading a delegation of member companies for a week of engagement with these two important markets. The growth of technology and innovation, ...