2020 Annual Conference Keynotes

Christina Sevilla, Ph.D.
Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
Executive Office of the President

Breakfast Keynote
Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dr. Christina Sevilla is Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Small Business at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Executive Office of the President. She develops and coordinates trade policy and outreach related to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). She is U.S. lead negotiator on SMEs for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), and serves as USTR lead on SMEs with the United Kingdom, the European Union, and other trading partners. She has represented USTR in negotiations and public outreach in the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East North Africa for bilateral and regional trade issues. She has previously been responsible for USTR’s private sector advisory committee system established by Congress and managed state and local government relations.

Christina is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has been a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in Transnational Economic Security at the MIT Center for International Studies, a Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, and a Harvard Graduate Prize Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

She received a Ph.D. in political science and international political economy from Harvard University. She received a B.A. summa cum laude graduating as Valedictorian of the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston College.

NASBITE International: Beyond 2020
Progress, Member Benefits, & Pathways to Growth

Leroy Lowe, MBA, PhD, CGBP, President, NASBITE
Jackie Rasmussen, MBA, CGBP, Vice President, NASBITE International

NASBITE International has been guided for the past four years by the Vision 2020 Plan, a plan created to guide increased membership engagement, higher levels of organizational service,  improved benefits, and continued growth for the CGBP professional designation.

In this presentation, the 2020 NASBITE International leadership team will highlight recent successes and shares details on a number of new initiatives that will help the organization grow and better meet the needs of its members.   President Leroy Lowe will then preside over the annual business meeting of NASBITE Members, during which, the election of the slate of nominees for Board of Governors will be conducted.

David M. Glaccum
Associate Administrator for International Trade

Luncheon Keynote
Thursday, March 26, 2020

David M. Glaccum is the Associate Administrator for the Office of International Trade at the U.S. Small Business Administration. The mission of the Office of International Trade is to help small businesses find new markets and sell to a global customer base. Glaccum and his team accomplish this by executing SBA’s work on federal and state trade development, international trade finance, and international affairs and trade policy.

Glaccum brings a variety of experience in federal and state government to the position. He previously served as Chief of Staff and Counselor to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, where he provided executive level planning, leadership, and directional support to the U.S. Mission staff, and developed strategic initiatives to drive forward U.S. foreign policy interests at the United Nations, including the negotiation and adoption of North Korea sanctions, and the systematic reform of peacekeeping missions resulting in nearly $900 million in savings to the United Nations peacekeeping budget.

While working as then Governor Haley’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Advisor he oversaw the development of the Governor’s annual Executive Budget, and successfully led state-wide initiatives to improve South Carolina’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and worked to ensure proper disaster response and recovery financing and allocation of state resources following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

Prior to his time with Haley, Glaccum served as Chief Counsel to South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham where he led the drafting and negotiations on a wide array of complex policy initiatives ranging from criminal and civil justice reform to counter-terrorism enforcement.

Glaccum earned a bachelor’s degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and a juris doctor degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is married with three children.

Andy Karellas
Executive Director
State International Development Organizations (SIDO)

Breakfast Keynote
Friday, March 27

Andy Karellas serves as the Executive Director of the State International Development Organizations (SIDO) and the Director of International Affairs at The Council of State Governments (CSG).

Prior to joining SIDO, Andy served as a senior staffer with the House Small Business Committee, where he focused on international trade issues. He was instrumental in the passing of the State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) and Federal-State Trade Coordination Act. Prior to joining SIDO, Andy held positions in the private sector, U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Prior to joining the House Small Business Committee, Andy worked as deputy director of government affairs for Aon Corporation in Chicago. Prior to that role, he served as the special assistant to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez. Andy’s first experience in Washington and on Capitol Hill was as an aide to former Sen. Jim Talent, MO.

A native of Missouri, Andy received his bachelor’s degree in international business from Webster University and his master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University.

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