Department of Commerce

Council Member: Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Council Designee: Kate McAdams, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Kate McAdams began serving as the Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in July 2013. Her portfolio consists of developing and implementing the Secretary's strategic priorities, including leading policy initiatives to support 21st century skills development, which is a key pillar of the Commerce Department's “Open for Business Agenda.”

Before joining the Department, Ms. McAdams served as the Executive Director for The Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation (PTFF), which invests in people and programs to improve schools, promote health and fitness, support arts and culture, and expand skills training in Chicago and nationally. 

Ms. McAdams earned her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Yale University and an M.B.A. degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Council Designee: David Talbot, Special Assistant for Policy and Strategic Planning, U.S. Department of Commerce

David Talbot is the Special Assistant for Policy and Strategic Planning in the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, he advises Secretary Pritzker on a broad range of Administration and Department priorities, including international trade and investment policies and women’s initiatives.

David joined the Commerce Department in 2011, initially in the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs. His additional professional experience includes service with Obama for America on the 2012 and 2008 presidential campaigns and as an entrepreneurship adviser for a social enterprise in Kigali, Rwanda that provides export assistance and business development training for women-owned businesses.

David graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned his master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford. He is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

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