WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced three new senior officials to help guide the continued development and implementation of the Biden Administration’s worker centered trade policy. Roberto Soberanis joins as Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, Angelica Annino joins as Director of Scheduling and Advance, and Victor Ban joins as Special Counsel.
ROBERTO SOBERANIS, ASSISTANT UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE FOR INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Roberto Soberanis is the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Most recently, Roberto served as Senior Advisor to the Department of Labor for the State of New Jersey. As a member of the Commissioner of Labor’s executive leadership team he was responsible for communicating and advancing the Governor’s vision on economic and workforce development across the Garden State.
Prior to joining the State of New Jersey, Roberto was Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the US Department of Labor, and in that capacity, he helped manage implementation of DOL’s policies, programs and initiatives, and advised departmental leadership on engagement with elected officials and stakeholders across the country.
Previously, Roberto served as a Legislative Aide to California’s 32nd Congressional District where he was a domestic policy advisor to the Member on a range of legislative issues. Roberto graduated from the University of California Irvine with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Spanish.
ANGELICA ZEN ANNINO, DIRECTOR OF SCHEDULING AND ADVANCE
Angelica Annino will serve as the Director of Scheduling and Advance for the Office of the United States Trade Representative. In her most recent role, Angelica Annino oversaw day-to-day and strategic scheduling for the 33rd Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Gary Gensler. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Annino worked in the United States Senate as Director of Scheduling for Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Doug Jones and Michael Bennet.
Previously she served in several roles at the United States Department of Education including Director of Advance as an appointee in the Obama Administration, working for Secretaries Arne Duncan and John King. Earlier in her career Ms. Annino was an elementary school teacher. A native of Southern California, Annino received her B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and M.A. from Pepperdine University
VICTOR BAN, SPECIAL COUNSEL
Victor Ban serves as Special Counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and will coordinate the development of supply chain policy. Before joining USTR, Mr. Ban practiced law at Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for the Hon. Rudolph Contreras on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Hon. Emilio Garza on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Previously, Mr. Ban was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Oxford University, and Harvard College, and is a licensed U.S. customs broker.