Senior Policy Advisor and U.S. Trade Official coming for Casual Career Conversation!

Casual Career Conversation featuring

Mary Estelle Ryckman, 

Senior Policy Advisory and U.S. Trade Official, 

Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President
Wednesday, October 22


Milne 215 (downtown campus)


Space is limited!  Please RSVP to ​


About Mary Esteller Ryckman

Mary Estelle Ryckman is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) within the Executive Office of the President.  In this role Ms. Ryckman  is responsible for the development of strategic policy priorities for USTR regarding the President’s National Export Initiative, the President’s Global Development Strategy, and USTR’s initiative to expand economic opportunities for women-owned businesses. Ms. Ryckman is also a liaison with state governments and their economic development offices. In addition, she is lead negotiator on competition policy in the US-EU trade negotiations and senior representative on matters relating to USTR’s role on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.


Prior to her current position, Ms. Ryckman served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Development.  In this role she was  responsible for coordinating U.S. trade capacity building activities.  Ms. Ryckman worked closely with other federal agencies, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations on trade related development programs focusing on food security and trade capacity building. . In addition, Ms. Ryckman was responsible for the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences Program which provides duty free access for certain products from developing and least developed countries.


Prior to her assignment as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Development,  Ms. Ryckman was the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Canada and was responsible for trade and investment issues with that country. She also served as the USTR’s Director of Investment Affairs, Director of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and Deputy Director of Korean Affairs.  She has over 15 years of negotiating experience covering a full range of trade issues, from the Uruguay Round to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum to investment issues, including bilateral investment treaties and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment negotiations in the OECD.


Ms. Ryckman also served as an Official Debt Rescheduling Program Specialist at the U.S. Export-Import Back.  Prior to joining the federal government, she  spent five years as a commercial loan officer in Boston. She received a graduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University in 1988 and completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University in 1981.

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