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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy
Sharon Bomer Lauritsen is Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs and Commodity Policy, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President. She assumed the position in May 2011.
Ms. Bomer has overall responsibility for negotiations and policy coordination regarding agriculture. Responsibilities of the office include Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and World Trade Organization (WTO) Development Agenda (Doha) negotiations on agriculture and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, issues affecting trade in agricultural and food products, monitoring and enforcement of existing WTO and FTA commitments for agriculture, and WTO accession negotiations on agriculture market access.
Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Bomer was Executive Vice President of the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) where she led BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section on public policy activities, including overseeing relationships with a wide range of international, federal, state and local entities.
Prior to joining BIO in 2006, Ms. Bomer served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Agricultural Affairs, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Executive Office of the President, where she was responsible for U.S. government negotiations on a wide range of food and agriculture trade issues. Ms. Bomer has also held senior management positions in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Early in her career, she was Director of Government Affairs for United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association and worked for a Member of Congress.