Live From DC Panelists

Jonathan ChesebroJonathan Chesebro
Senior International Trade Specialist in the International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

Jonathan Chesebro is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) in the Office of Energy & Environmental Industries. In this role, he devises and implements international trade, investment, and export promotion strategies to strengthen the global competitiveness of the U.S. civil nuclear industry.

He also serves as the Designated Federal Officer for the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, an industry advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce on civil nuclear trade issues. Prior to his current position in ITA, Jonathan covered the aerospace industry.

He has a B.A. in Psychology from Middlebury College and a M.A. in Global Trade and Finance from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. 


Jennifer Sanford

Jennifer Sanford
Director, International Trade & Energy Policy 
Cisco Systems

Jennifer received her BA and MA degrees in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.  After working with FedEx Europe, World Tariff division as an assistant trade consultant, she served as the Director of International Trade Policy for the American Electronics Association. 

Jennifer is currently the Director, International Trade & Energy Policy for Cisco Systems located in Washington, DC.

Marco Sotelino, Live From DC PanelistMarco E. Sotelino
Economic Officer
The Office of Canadian Affairs at the US Department of State

Marco Sotelino became a Foreign Service Officer in July 2012 and currently covers trade, investment and commercial issues for the Canada Desk.  He served previously at the U.S. embassies to Belgium and Dominican Republic.  Prior to joining the State Department, Marco worked on education programs in sub-Saharan Africa for World Education, Inc. in Boston, MA and Bamako, Mali.  

He has a B.A. in Political Science from Middlebury College (‘04) and an M.A. in Economic Policy from Boston University (‘11). 


Alex WoodAlex Wood
International Trade Compliance Analyst
U.S. Department of Commerce's

Alex Wood first gained international experience while serving as a missionary in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 2012-14.  After returning to the U.S., Alex worked as a translator for a Brazilian software security firm before graduating with a BA in International Studies from BYU-I and then an MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy from MIIS.  While studying at MIIS, Alex interned with the U.S. Commercial Service in Brasilia, Brazil and with the Bureau of Industry and Security in Washington, DC. 

Prior to graduation, Alex accepted a position with the International Trade Administration as an International Trade Compliance Analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce's headquarters in Washington, DC.