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Jennifer Pilat

Director, Advocacy Center

U.S. Department of Commerce

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Jennifer Pilat is a presidential appointee in the Senior Executive Service of the Obama Administration, serving as director of the Advocacy Center at the Department of Commerce, leading the federal government’s advocacy effort for U.S. companies bidding on foreign government procurement and project opportunities, appointed in January 2015. In FY 2015, the Advocacy Center helped U.S. companies sign 86 international procurement contracts, representing a total project value of $41 billion of which nearly $27 billion was U.S. export content. They stand poised to surpass that number in FY 2016. Approximately twenty percent of the Advocacy Center’s wins were small- and medium-sized U.S. companies. Most importantly, these wins supported nearly 133,000 American jobs.

Since 2009, Jenna has served as part of the senior leadership at the International Trade Administration (ITA) as the director of advisory committees and industry outreach, focused on building public-private partnerships to further policy and program initiatives, including the U.S. – Africa Business Forum and the private sectors programs of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade. She also helped established the White House Business Council. Prior to that time, she worked as the deputy director in the same office, worked on strategic policy planning with Under Secretary Francisco Sánchez, and as ITA’s director of scheduling and advance. Prior to joining Commerce, Jenna began her time in the Obama Administration at the White House, and previously served as the Obama for America policy director in Michigan for the 2008 presidential campaign, and for then-Senator Obama in the United States Senate. She began her career working at the Wrigley Company, in Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University.


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