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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere
John M. Melle is Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere. Appointed in March 2011, he is responsible for developing, coordinating and implementing the United States’ trade policy for the region. This includes oversight of trade agreements with Canada and Mexico, Chile, Central America and the Dominican Republic, Peru, Colombia and Panama, as well as bilateral trade issues with Brazil, Argentina and the remainder of South America and the Caribbean. Mr. Melle is also responsible for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI), a U.S. trade preference program with Caribbean countries.
Since joining USTR in 1988, Mr. Melle has held a number of positions covering Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean and Central America and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Mr. Melle entered Federal government service as a Presidential Management Intern and spent his first two years in government service at the Policy, Planning and Analysis Office at the U.S. Department of Energy.
Mr. Melle received a B.A. in history from Haverford College and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.