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Walter Bastian
Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Bastian is responsible for developing programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the United States' commercial position in the Western Hemisphere.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Bastian headed the Office of Latin America and the Caribbean and established and directed the Latin America/Caribbean Business Development Center. The Center was responsible for transforming the Caribbean Basin Initiative, the Andean Trade Preference Act and the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative into business opportunities for U.S. firms. Before joining the Department, Mr. Bastian worked in the corporate trust department of a Washington bank and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Bastian graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a B.S. in Foreign Service and received an M.A. from Creighton University in Nebraska. Mr. Bastian has received numerous awards for his work, including the Department's Silver Medal for his work in designing economic reconstruction programs following hurricanes in Central America and the Caribbean. More recently, Mr. Bastian received the Presidential Rank Award, which recognizes his exceptional service to the American people over an extended period of time and his relentless commitment to excellence in public service. This award is the most prestigious recognition afforded to career professionals.

John M. Andersen
Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Mr. Andersen is a twenty – five year veteran of the Department of Commerce.  He presently serves in an acting capacity as DAS for AD/CVD Operations responsible for implementing and enforcing U.S. trade enforcement provisions.  He manages an organization with approximately 175 employees and an annual budget in excess of $20 million.  Mr. Andersen is currently the Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs.  He is responsible for all market access and commercial issues dealing with the Western Hemisphere.  He has been involved in a number of major international and bilateral negotiations, including the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, and Free Trade Negotiations with Canada, Chile, Central America and the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia and Panama.  Mr. Andersen is also a key member of the President’s Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba.   He has received three Department of Commerce Silver Medals, the Department’s second highest honor.  Mr. Andersen has a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  He is married with three children.

David Glines
Human Resources Advisor
National Institute of Standards and Technology

David Glines has worked in government at the city, county and federal levels. Highest rated instructor for the Conservation Academy sponsored by the American Zoological Association, management analyst for the federal government, marketing director for a producer of hybrid flower seeds, organization development manager in a $100 million not-for-profit corporation, chief steward representing 700 Teamsters, and administrator for one of the largest academic institutions in the world – the City Colleges of Chicago in Rota, Spain.

Currently, David serves as the human capital program manager for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and prior to that, he served in the Office of the Secretary for the Department of Commerce as Oversight and Accountability Officer for the Office of Corporate Human Capital Strategy, with responsibility for human resources audits and human capital scorecards in 13 bureaus. Previously, he directed the Washington Services Branch of OPM's Center for Talent Services, assisting scores of agencies to recruit, hire, develop and manage their people. He managed projects that included senior executive service candidate development program design and evaluation, evaluation of recruiting strategies and return on investment, employment branding, labor and employee relations, position classification and organization design, hiring and workforce/succession planning. When he began working for OPM, it was with their Office of Effectiveness, where he assisted agencies evaluate how well their people were managed, and developed HRM accountability systems with large and small agencies such as the EPA, USDA and NSF.

His bachelor's degree is in the social sciences, with an emphasis on economics and psychology. After completing a master's in public administration in 2000 at the University of Maryland (Bowie State), David joined the federal government as a Presidential Management Fellow.

Efrain Gonzalez, Jr.
Chief of the Office of Business Development
Minority Business Development Agency  

Efrain Gonzalez, Jr. serves as the Chief of the Office of Business Development at the Minority Business Development Agency, US Department of Commerce.  He is charged with overseeing the Agency’s programs, research, and efforts to increase business capacity, as well as, access to capital and markets for minority business enterprises (MBEs) nationwide. In all, he is responsible the successful implementation of nearly one-third of the Agency’s budget through its grant programs and over ninety percent of the agency’s MBE related performance outcomes. MBDA funded centers have assisted MBEs in posting over one billion dollars in economic activity and creating 2,500 jobs each year over the last several years. 

Efrain is also responsible for fostering strategic relationships in support of minority businesses with other federal agencies, local governments, community partners, trade organizations, and corporate America. Much of his work within MBDA centers on facilitating more productive use of the Agency’s resources and streamlining Agency processes. He is currently engaged in the Agency’s consolidation of grants management. Earlier in his tenure at MBDA, he led the development and implementation of the performance evaluation system grantees use to report their activities and outcomes.  

Before coming to the Department of Commerce, Efrain served as the Assistant Director of the District of Columbia’s Office of Local Business Development and Associate Director at the University of Southern California’s Business Expansion Network.  He began his career counseling small and minority businesses and later managed the West Los Angeles Minority Business Development Center. He has assisted minority businesses to successfully obtain loans and procurement opportunities, and has coached business owners through the nationally syndicated Fast Trac© Entrepreneurial Training Program.  Efrain knows the challenges that minority businesses’ face through his hands-on experience running his family’s business in East Los Angeles during the economic downturn of the early 1990’s.   He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife.

Angelica L. Mendoza
Office of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Operations, Import Administration
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Mendoza is a Supervisory International Trade Compliance Analyst for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As part of her responsibilities, she manages a group of international trade compliance analysts that handle various antidumping duty proceedings (U.S. unfair trade law remedy) including Honey from Argentina, Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Mexico, etc. Her team works to determine if imports of certain goods are being sold below fair market value in the United States. Ms. Mendoza has traveled extensively overseas to verify the operations of various foreign manufacturers participating in antidumping duty proceedings.

Ms. Mendoza graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business Administration and a minor in Economics. During her 4 years at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ms. Mendoza was one of the first recipients of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship (merit based).

Shawn M. Ricks
Office of the Western Hemisphere, Market Access and Compliance
International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Ricks is a Senior International Trade Specialist for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As part of her responsibilities, she provides guidance on market access and compliance issues as they relate to NAFTA and business opportunities with Mexico and Canada. She has contributed to the development of U.S. trade policy in the Western Hemisphere for a number of U.S. bilateral and multilateral negotiations in the region, including the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA), the U.S. - Chile Free Trade Agreement, and the U.S. -Central America- Dominican Republic FTA, as well as the U.S. free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Peru. Most recently, Ms. Ricks was selected to be a member of a new regional coordination team created to facilitate the advancement of key strategic initiatives in the Americas that will enhance the region’s competitiveness and economic future.

Ms. Ricks is a graduate of Hampton University’s School of Business in Hampton, Virginia. She is the recipient of two Gold Medal Awards, the Department’s highest honor, as part of the NAFTA and Export Mexico Teams respectively. Ms. Ricks is also the recipient of the Department’s Bronze Medal Award for her contributions to the U.S. – Chile Free Trade Agreement negotiations. In 2008, she received a Silver Medal for her work on the inaugural Americas Competitiveness Forum, a regional initiative highlighting programs and partnerships in the Western Hemisphere which incorporate the pillars of education and training; technology; and cooperation, to create greater economic prosperity.

Willie C. Taylor
Director, Philadelphia Regional Office
Economic Development Administration

As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Taylor provides managerial oversight for the agency’s financial resources and staff. He rejoined the EDA family in April 2008. Prior to his return to EDA, Mr. Taylor was employed by the Escambia County (FL) Board of County Commissioners in 2006 as the Assistant County Administrator for Community Services and Public Services agencies. He managed an annual budget in excess of $140 million and provided oversight for 1,100 employees covering eighteen departments, including the Public Safety, Fire Rescue, Purchasing Solid Waste Management and Community Corrections just to highlight a few. In his first stint with EDA, Mr. Taylor served as the Economic Development Representative for Florida and South Carolina for nearly a decade. His primary role was to further economic growth through job creation, increasing applied research & technology and funding infrastructure projects that assisted with the implementation of innovative economic development concepts.

In addition to working in Escambia County, Mr. Taylor’s local government experience includes nearly six years of employment with Miami-Dade County (FL) Government. In his tenure with Miami-Dade County, he held various administrative and professional positions within the Planning Department, the Housing Agency, the Solid Waste Management Department and the Office of Community and Economic Development. Mr. Taylor obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Florida A & M University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Clemson University. Mr. Taylor is also the 2005 recipient of the United States Department of Commerce’s Silver Medal for Leadership for his role in assisting the State of Florida in the recovery phase from the natural disasters it suffered in 2004. This is the Commerce Department’s second highest award.


Nick Barrett
Senior Coordinator for Federal Internship Programs
The Washington Center

Mr. Barrett has been with The Washington Center since 2007. As a Senior Coordinator for Federal Internship Programs at The Washington Center, Nick works closely with the federal government to design, implement and assess internship programs that are geared toward developing the next generation of leaders for the public and private sectors. Nick is also involved in working with students to provide them guidance on how to navigate the federal hiring process. Prior to this role,Nick worked with the Country Support Unit of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) where he assisted individual country offices with the implementation of PAHO programs and policy. Nick has a great interest in foreign policy with a focus on Latin America.

The Washington Center (TWC) is an educational nonprofit focused on providing college students with an academic internship experience to encourage civic engagement, professional development, and leadership in its students. TWC manages a variety of programs focused on preparing students for a global job market including two initiatives based up on International Relations and Global Integration respectively. TWC also provides Internship Abroad opportunities in Sydney, Australia, London, England, Oxford, England, and Montreal, Canada. TWC also facilitates the internship programs for a variety of federal agencies including the Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Commerce, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Bethany S. Dickerson
Director of the Ralph Bunche Societies
Phelps Stokes Fund
Washington, D.C.

Ms. Dickerson's responsibilities include developing and supporting Ralph Bunche Societies at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad. The Ralph Bunche Societies are undergraduate student associations that develop leaders for a global society; encourage an active and engaged citizenry; raise awareness of living in an interdependent society; and promote the Ralph Bunche legacy of global scholarship and activism. The goals of the Ralph Bunche Societies are to tackle issues as relevant today as in Bunche’s time: 1) address the need for greater minority involvement in the international arena; 2) better prepare minority students to become full and active participants in the global community; 3) expand academic and career opportunities for students; 4) achieve heightened levels of self-awareness, cultural competency, and global interconnectedness; and 5) speak knowledgeably about current world events and the concept of “globalization.” Prior to joining the Phelps Stokes Fund, Dickerson built and maintained relationships with representatives of private foundations while working as a grant writer in the development/fundraising divisions of The New York Public Library, Thirteen/WNET New York, and the District of Columbia Public Schools. In addition, Dickerson spent four years as a Policy Advisor with the United States Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC). While at the DPC, she worked on a range of domestic policy issues, including education.

Dickerson earned a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Virginia. She also has participated in numerous professional development workshops and conferences related to development/grantwriting and leadership development. Dickerson has studied abroad in Japan and Great Britain. She and her family have hosted exchange students from Japan, Paraguay, and Liberia. In addition to living in Japan and Great Britain, Dickerson has traveled to Canada, France, Ireland, Jamaica, Spain, St. Thomas, Tortola, and Virgin Gorda. Dickerson has taken courses in Spanish, a language in which she hopes to become fluent. She is an active member of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.