National Foreign Trade Council Names Jake Colvin as New Director of USA*Engage

Tuesday, 16 August 2005

"The mission of USA Engage continues to be of vital importance to U.S. competitiveness. Jake Colvin's extensive experience on the international front will be a great asset as we move forward," said Bill Reinsch, President of the National Foreign Trade Council and Co-Chair of USA*Engage.

Prior to joining the NFTC and USA Engage, Colvin was a consultant with the Washington, DC-based firm International Business Counselors (IBC), where he advised U.S. and foreign corporate clients on economic and trade matters. His prior experience also includes work on trade remedy, business immigration and refugee issues at the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, as well as positions with the U.S. Embassy in Chile, the Atlantic Council of the United States and the Congressional Helsinki Commission.

Colvin has appeared on nationally-syndicated talk radio programs and has written for national publications on a variety of international economic and tax topics. Originally from Long Island, New York, he earned an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the University of Richmond.

USA*Engage ( is a broad-based coalition representing Americans from all regions, sectors and segments of our society concerned about the proliferation of unilateral economic sanctions at the federal, state, and local level. Established in 1997, USA*Engage leads a campaign to inform policy-makers, opinion-leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy world wide. USA*Engage promotes responsible alternatives to unilateral sanctions that advance U.S. humanitarian and foreign policy goals, such as intensified U.S. diplomacy and multilateral cooperation.

The National Foreign Trade Council ( is a leading business organization advocating an open, rules-based global trading system. Founded in 1914 by a broad-based group of American companies, the NFTC now serves 300 member companies through its offices in Washington and New York.

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