USTR Announces Danielle Fumagalli as Acting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Affairs

July 03, 2024

WASHINGTON – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced yesterday that Danielle Fumagalli will serve as Acting Assistant United States Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Affairs. Ms. Fumagalli has most recently served as Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative (DAUSTR) in the same office.

“Ms. Fumagalli’s commitment to working with our partners in the Indo-Pacific will be indispensable as we look to diversify and fortify our supply chains throughout the region,” said Ambassador Katherine Tai. “We welcome Ms. Fumagalli into the role for the next 120 days as we say farewell to Chris Wilson. Mr. Wilson has been an exemplary member of the USTR team for over 30 years, having led many of our career offices throughout his tenure. We thank him for his service, and congratulate him and wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

The Office of Japan, Korea, and APEC Affairs is responsible for addressing U.S.-Japan bilateral trade issues, monitoring Japan’s compliance with bilateral and international trade treaties, and coordinating with Japanese counterparts on global trade issues of mutual interest.  The Office also monitors Korea’s implementation of its commitments under the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) Free Trade Agreement, as well as ensuring Korea’s compliance with various bilateral trade agreements and developing U.S. trade priorities under APEC and its 21 member economies.

Danielle Fumagalli, Acting Assistant United States Trade Representative

Danielle Fumagalli is the Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea, and APEC. Ms. Fumagalli served as DAUSTR for Japan and previously as Director for Japan in the same office. In these roles, Ms. Fumagalli provided leadership and advice on trade negotiations and related initiatives, such as the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement and U.S.-Japan Partnership on Trade and was the recipient of USTR’s 2023 Superior Achievement Award for her work on the U.S.-Japan Critical Minerals Agreement. Prior to joining USTR, Ms. Fumagalli worked in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, in the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary and the Office of Advisory Committees and Industry Outreach. She began her career as Manager for Indonesia and APEC at the US-ASEAN Business Council, a trade association in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fumagalli received a master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. A native of Napa, California, outside of work Ms. Fumagalli enjoys practicing and teaching taekwondo, and spending time with her husband and two children.