Ambassador Catherine Novelli
Catherine A. Novelli has worked in the field of international trade policy for over 30 years. She has served every President from Ronald Regan to Barak Obama. Most recently, she was Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, reporting directly to the Secretary of State.
Prior to assuming her duties as Under Secretary of State, she spent seven years as Vice President, Worldwide Government Affairs at Apple Inc. In that role, Ms. Novelli headed a multinational international team responsible for Apple’s federal, international, and state and local government relations and public policy. Prior to her position at Apple, Ms. Novelli was a partner in the law firm of Mayer Brown International where she provided legal and policy advice to Fortune 100 companies.
Formerly Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Europe & the Mediterranean, Ms. Novelli coordinated U.S. trade and investment policy for the over 65 countries of Western Europe, Central Europe, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She has taken a leading role in many of the most important U.S. trade negotiations in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and North Africa, including serving as lead negotiator for the United States Free Trade Agreements with Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain and Oman.
Ms. Novelli has received numerous awards, including International Trade Woman of the Year.
She currently serves on the Board of the National Wildlife Federation and the Board of the Pristine Seas Initiative of the National Geographic Society, and the Public Policy Committee of the Wildlife Conservation Society. She was also named an Ocean Elder.
Ms. Novelli is a graduate of Tufts University, holds a law degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Laws from University of London (with concentrations in international and comparative law at the London School of Economics and School of Oriental and Asian Studies).