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Kathy Therieau

Kathy  Regional Manager, Western Hemisphere, Advocacy Center, United States Department of Commerce, previously managed the international trade partnership between Commerce RI and the John Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. She creates and executes international trade programs for Rhode Island businesses including: trade missions, grants for customized export training, market development programs, seminars on timely trade topics and New England regional trade promotion events. She has led and coordinated successful business trade missions to Europe, China, India, South America, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and the Middle East. She is dedicated to helping Rhode Island businesses find solutions for their trade needs and increase their export productivity and profitability. She consults with companies and individuals on a daily basis on numerous trade-related topics including export financing, logistics, compliance and export sales.

Kathy has been with the International Trade Office for 19 years. Prior to being promoted to her current position, Kathy was associate international trade director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation’s (RIEDC) International Trade Office.

Kathy holds a BA in international studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She completed study-abroad programs at the University of Jalapa, Mexico, and University of Valladolid, Spain, and an internship at the Congress of the Deputies in Madrid, Spain. Kathy received her MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is NASBITE Certified Global Business.

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