Sam Cho is the Founder and CEO of Seven Seas Export, a trading company that exports US commodities to Asia. Sam initially capitalized on the opportunity to export egg products to South Korea at the height of the Bird Flu epidemic in the winter of 2016. Since then, he has expanded his business to include exporting many other US commodities.
Prior to Seven Seas Export, Sam worked as a political appointee under President Barack Obama. In the Obama Administration, he was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of the US General Services Administration.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Sam worked for a member of the United States Congress for whom he managed a portfolio of issues ranging from Foreign Affairs, Trade, Small Business, and Banking & Financial Services. Sam has also worked as an analyst for the US Department of State. He writes and speaks frequently on foreign policy and international trade issues having appeared on Business Insider, The Diplomat, Global Risk Insights, and Huffington Post Live.
Sam was a recipient of the Congressional Fellowship from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) in 2014 and served on the Board of Directors for the Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) from 2014 to 2016.
Sam was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee to serve on the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. He also currently serves on the board of directors for Asian Pacific American Islander Americans for Civic Empowerment (APACE) and the Korean American Coalition (KAC) of Washington.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from The American University and a master of science from The London School of Economics.