For over 20 years, I have worked in international agriculture relations conducting the foreign policy work for US farmers. I address any international issue that might affect exports for my clients, which include US potatoes, cranberries, hops, and many others. Day-to-day this might mean engaging with the US Trade Representative's office on a recent free trade agreement negotiation or opening a completely new market through technical negotiations with USDA and US Embassies abroad. My role requires me to travel frequently (often to unique locations). I serve as a cleared advisor to the USDA Secretary and formerly was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to this position, I worked with Russian politicians in the mid-1990's during Russia's first series of elections. I hold degrees in international relations from Georgetown and John Hopkins University.