U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
John M. Andersen is the principal deputy assistant secretary for market access and compliance in the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for all market access and commercial issues dealing with U.S. trading partners, managing an organization with more than 200 employees and a budget above $42 million. Mr. Andersen was previously Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the ITA, 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 bilateral/regional negotiations with Canada, Chile, Central America and the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia and Panama. He was a key member of the Presidentís Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba (2003-2004) and was detailed in 2005 to the Department of State as a member of the Summit of the Americas Team, negotiating key elements of the Summit Plan of Action. Mr. Andersen has received three Department of Commerce Silver Medals, the departmentís second highest honor. He holds a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a BA in history from the University of Texas at San Antonio.