Office of the United States Trade Representative

Council Member: Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative

Council Designee: Mary Ryckman, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Development, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Mary Estelle Ryckman, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), is responsible for USTR’s effort on women in economic growth, overall coordination of USTR’s implementation of the Administration’s development strategy as it relates to trade, and matters relating to Millennium Challenge Corporation.  In addition, she is lead negotiator on competition policy in the US-EU trade negotiations. 

Prior to her current assignment, Ms. Ryckman held numerous positions at USTR, including Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade and Development and Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Canada. She has 25 years of negotiating experience, including negotiations in the GATT/WTO, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, numerous bilateral investment treaties and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment negotiations in the OECD.

Ms. Ryckman was a commercial loan officer in Boston before joining the federal government. She received a graduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and completed her undergraduate work at Princeton University.

Council Designee: Jewel James, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

Jewel James serves as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, managing USTR's public outreach efforts to small and large businesses, labor unions, public interest groups, environmental and consumer groups, and state and local governments. Jewel also oversees the U.S. Trade Advisory Committee system. Jewel serves as the primary liaison between the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and its diverse stakeholders to ensure they are a part of the policy- making process.

Prior to joining USTR, Jewel served as Special Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs, managing the Obama Administration’s relationships with state elected officials. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Jewel was the Director of the Federal-State Relations for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In this capacity, she advised Governor Deval Patrick on matters pending before the U.S. Congress and served as a liaison between the Patrick Administration, the Massachusetts Congressional delegation and the federal government. Previously, Jewel served as the Vice President and Director of Massachusetts Public Affairs for Citizens Bank. While at Citizens, she was responsible for promoting Citizens’ brand in Massachusetts - one of its largest markets - and developing and executing its executive positioning, charitable contribution, and external affairs strategy.

An active member of the community, her past civic and community involvement includes membership on the Board of Directors for Project Bread, the largest anti-hunger organization in Massachusetts, and participation on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Advisory Board.

Jewel received her undergraduate degree from Howard University and her master’s degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is originally from Decatur, GA and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

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