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Ian Steff was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration in June 2017. In addition to this capacity he is currently performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at request of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
He oversees approximately 1,400 trade and investment professionals based in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 markets around the world. He manages a $300 million budget and a broad portfolio of International Trade Administration initiatives aimed at increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and service providers. In this capacity, he is among those senior officials responsible for executing the Administration’s plans to foster growth in U.S. jobs, exports, and investments.