Ed. Note: This post is part
of the Spotlight on Commerce series, which highlights members of
the Department of Commerce who are contributing to the president's vision of an
America Built to Last.
I am honored to serve as Counselor to the Secretary
of Commerce, where I support Secretary Bryson and lead his Office of Policy and
Strategic Planning. I direct a team of
policy advisors that works across the Department and Administration to implement
President Obama’s America Built to Last blueprint through focus on a few key
priorities: increasing exports and
investment, and strengthening U.S. manufacturing and innovation. As Secretary Bryson has said, our mission at Commerce
is to help American businesses “Build it here and sell it everywhere.” As part of Secretary Locke and then Secretary
Bryson’s senior staff, I have focused my time on economic relations with China,
U.S. manufacturing and innovation, and cybersecurity.
I joined Commerce
from Microsoft, where I directed international policy and strategy in
headquarters, then moved to China as General Manager for China Policy and
Strategy. Prior to that, I served at the
White House and State Department during the Clinton Administration as Special
Assistant to the President and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, working on international
trade, economic and technology policy.
from Yale College, worked in the U.S. Senate, attended University of
Pennsylvania Law School, then practiced trade law. As a young lawyer, I served on the
Immigration Committee of the Asian American Legal Defense Fund, and as pro bono
General Counsel of the Organization of Chinese Americans. Living in China in recent years, I was an
elected governor of the American Chamber of Commerce in China and a member of
the board of USITO, which represents U.S. technology companies in China.