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. In 2017, Mr. Melle was appointed Chief Negotiator for the trade talks that resulted in the United States - Mexico - Canada Agreement (USMCA), managing the negotiations lead by the U.S. Trade Representative.
Mr. Melle has held a number of positions since joining USTR in 1988. He entered Federal government service in 1986 as a Presidential Management Intern and then spent 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.