About - Staff Member - Ashley Friedman
Areas of Expertise:
Latin America; Europe; International Trade; Online Platforms and Internet-based Services; Multilateral Organizations
As Senior Director of Global Policy at ITI, Ashley leads ITI’s engagement in Latin America and works on a wide range of trade and innovation issues, including those related to online platforms and internet-based “over-the-top / OTT” services. She also plays an integral role in ITI’s Europe work, including on issues related to the Digital Single Market and platforms regulations, as well as working closely with individual member states. Ashley also coordinates ITI Decodes, ITI’s collaborative initiative to make complex tech policy concepts more accessible. Ashley has led ITI’s efforts to provide practical, actionable guidance to governments around the world on advancing digital trade issues in trade agreements and through multilateral organizations, and she has deepened relationships between policymakers and tech leaders in order to advance globally interoperable, meaningful solutions to policy challenges.
Ashley brings years of experience advising on a wide array of international trade and global policy issues, as well as supporting U.S. companies, their interests, and their investments abroad. Prior to ITI, she served as the Policy Advisor for International Trade and Investment to the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. During this time, Ashley helped to support key priorities and initiatives in areas such as foreign policy, digital economy, cybersecurity, and trade. Prior to that role, Ashley served for six years as the Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Mercosur, and Cuba Desk Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. In this position, Ashley managed all trade and economic relations with those countries, developed market strategies for U.S. businesses, demonstrated strategic leadership in commercial diplomacy, and worked on trade facilitation and market access projects throughout the Caribbean and South America.
Ashley holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a Master’s Degree in International Trade and Investment Policy, both from The George Washington University. She lives in Chevy Chase, MD, with her husband and son.
Blog Posts by Ashley Friedman
Let’s Bring NAFTA Into the Digital Age
(May 23, 2018)
Forty-one million jobs across the United States depend on trade. If you look around your community, there is a good chance that either yours or one of your neighbor’s jobs exist because of it. Free trade ...
Argentina’s Time to Lead on Global Digital Trade
(April 27, 2017)
Digital technology has transformed the way we live, learn, work, and do business, and our economy today is connected like never before. This week, we have a chance to further improve the environment for ...
Colombian Tax Reform: An Essential Step Towards Long Term Economic Strength
(October 06, 2016)
Over the last decade, Colombia has steadily embarked on a path towards becoming one of the leading economies in Latin America. Colombia is in the midst of a remarkable transformation that stands to improve ...
Going Global with a Click of the Button: What Local Presence Requirements Get Wrong About the 21st Century Economy
(August 16, 2016)
The internet has enabled companies to go global before they go national by leveraging e-commerce platforms, social media, and websites to find suppliers, customers, and partners anywhere in the world. ...
Going for Gold in Personal Data Protection in Brazil
(August 08, 2016)
All eyes are on Brazil as champion athletes from around the world gather to compete for Olympic medals. In between watching and cheering for Team USA, I’ll also be watching something that is getting much ...