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Josette S. Sheeran -- Department of State
Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs

Josette Sheeran Shiner serves as Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, where she is responsible for spearheading the Administration's economic diplomacy efforts and advancing the interests of American businesses, farmers and workers at home and abroad though global policies spanning trade, investment, finance, development, energy, telecommunications and transportation. Nominated by President George W. Bush on June 28, she was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 29 and sworn in on August 23, bringing many years of public and private sector experience in global business, economic policy and communication to the job. Prior to her appointment, Under Secretary Shiner served as Deputy United States Trade Representative in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). There, she was responsible for driving U.S. efforts to open new markets and enforce existing trade agreements in East Asia, South Asia and Africa and for advancing global negotiations on counterfeiting, pharmaceuticals, labor, environment and trade capacity building. She helped bring to a successful conclusion the landmark U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which is expected to increase U.S. exports to Australia by $2 billion a year. She also led trade enforcement negotiations with China and furthered U.S. trade and investment interests in direct talks with Japan, Korea, India and many other nations. Before joining USTR, Under Secretary Shiner was managing director of Starpoint Solutions, a leading Wall Street technology firm that works with Fortune 500 clients. During her tenure at Starpoint she led major strategic projects with corporate leaders such as Bank of America, Citibank and the Associated Press. Under Secretary Shiner also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Empower America, founded by Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Jack Kemp and Bill Bennett, where she developed its agenda of trade policy, technology policy, education reform and tax reform. Under Secretary Shiner has a distinguished background in media. She has twice served as a Pulitzer prize juror, including for foreign reporting. During her tenure as managing editor of the Washington Times, she was a regular commentator on programs such as Nightline, Fox news, the McLaughlin Group, the Diane Rehm Show, CNN and others. Ms. Shiner also wrote a nationally syndicated column for Scripps Howard News Service on a wide range of issues including foreign and national policy issues. Her extensive network of contacts and reputation for fairness and accuracy helped her land interviews with more than a dozen heads of state in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the United States. Under Secretary Shiner has been a member of the Council for Foreign Relations for more than a decade and has served on its Washington advisory board. In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Ms. Shiner as one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women. She has served on a number of boards, including the Washington Urban League and the United Negro College Fund's Washington advisory board. She has received numerous awards, including the Press Award for Journalistic Achievement by the National Order of Women Legislators and a national award for developing and promoting African-American journalists. President George Bush appointed Ms. Shiner to the President's Task Force on Puerto Rico's Status.

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