Jetta DeNendJetta works for the U.S. Department of Commerce in New York City, where she helps U.S. companies expand their international sales. As an international trade specialist, she counsels U.S. companies on exporting their products and services abroad. Prior to this, she worked for three years as a knowledge management specialist for the Commerce Department.

Jetta’s long-term professional goal is to work in trade capacity building. Trade capacity building aims to level the playing field in the global commercial arena by working with developing countries to develop infrastructure, increase the competitiveness of companies, and help officials negotiate effectively in international trade agreements. The key to successful development of any kind is sustainability. Therefore, all objectives should be achieved by empowering people to ensure that they will truly become self-sufficient. Jetta enjoys contributing to CEN because we operate under the same capacity-building principle.

Jetta graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in economics and a certificate in international trade. She speaks Italian and is learning Portuguese.

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