"Even the tallest buildings start from the ground (Ancient Chinese proverb)." I laid my foundation with a bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College in 2001, and finished a graduate degree in International Economic Policy at American University in 2003. I built the first floor of my building in 2003 at The Heritage Foundation and shortly thereafter joined the Bush Administration. At the Office of the United States Trade Representative, I served from 2003-2005 as assistant to Robert Zoellick, the U.S. Trade Representative. From 2005-2006, I served at the Department of State as the assistant to the Deputy Secretary managing the office and traveling the world. From 2006-2008, I decided to begin my career with Latin American economic development and served as an economic policy analyst in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs at the Department of State doing trade and economic policy related to Central America, the Caribbean, and South America. In 2008, I joined the Under Secretary of International Trade at the Department of Commerce, Christopher Padilla, as his senior advisor, focusing heavily on the promotion of open markets and free enterprise, and the congressional passage of the U.S.-Colombia and U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreements. I believe strongly in coupling public and private sector experience, and that the two are mutually reinforcing, especially in Washington, DC. In 2009, I joined G&H International Services to further the Virtual USA initiative. I'm a New Yorker at heart, but love Arlington where I've been for 8 great years. I find athletic competition to be a great stress reliever & pastime, and love traveling and being with my big family.