L.A. Area Chamber Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives Appointed to Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee

December 22, 2009 8:00 am

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that its Global Initiatives Senior Vice President Carlos J. Valderrama has been appointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC) on Trade to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).  Valderrama will join the 28-member committee that provides policy advice to the USTR.

“The L.A. Area Chamber is pleased that Carlos Valderrama has been appointed to the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee,” said Chamber President & CEO Gary Toebben.  “Valderrama’s participation in IGPAC will help ensure that Southern California’s voice on important trade issues is heard by federal trade negotiators.  His appointment is both testament to his deep expertise on trade and the significance of our region on matters of U.S. and global trade.”

The IGPAC is composed of state and local officials appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative.  Created by the Federal Trade Act of 1974, IGPAC is part of a committee system that helps to ensure that U.S. trade policy and trade negotiating objectives adequately reflect U.S. public and private sector interests.  The IGPAC committee draws on the knowledge of its members to advise, consult with and make recommendations to the USTR and relevant Cabinet or sub-Cabinet members concerning matters of trade.

“I am pleased and honored to serve on the intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee,” Valderrama said.  “I look forward to working with my fellow commissioners to help expand trade opportunities for U.S. businesses and grow our economy.”

The L.A. Area Chamber is a leading advocate for global trade in the Southern California region.  The Chamber works to advance and promote global trade through a broad array of customized programs for businesses to build international relationships and expand global reach.  The Chamber is also the host of World Trade Week, the annual national observance for global trade including events focused on trade across the country during the month of May.


The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in L.A. County. Founded in 1888, the Chamber promotes a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit www.lachamber.com.

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