Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs (WAMA)
As Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs (WAMA), Ms. Durkin is responsible for trade negotiations and U.S. policy coordination regarding matters before the WTO including the operation of various WTO committees related to subsidies, technical barriers to trade, customs/trade facilitation and other subject areas.
As head of WAMA, Ms. Durkin also leads the development of U.S. trade positions in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and other international organizations and intergovernmental forums such as G7 and G20, in coordination with relevant offices in USTR and other U.S. agencies.
Ms. Durkin returns to USTR after nearly two decades in the private sector as an entrepreneur, author and corporate government relations executive. She has served as a non-resident senior fellow and advisor to leading think tanks in Washington, Dallas and Chicago on trade policy, economic growth, and food and agricultural trade. Ms. Durkin proudly taught hundreds of students International Trade and Investment Policy for seventeen years as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program and served as president of the Women in International Trade association.
Over the span of a decade of previous government service with USTR and the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ms. Durkin led a variety of negotiations that included free trade agreements in the Western Hemisphere, the trade-related aspects of United Nations multilateral environment and public health agreements, and sectoral initiatives in APEC.