Shannon Gaffney is a Principal Associate with nearly 15 years of experience in international trade policy and practice, providing strategic advice to a wide range of private sector, government, and development actors to promote increased trade and competitiveness. Her expertise includes digital trade, e-commerce, and trade facilitation and trade logistics for the digital economy.

She comes to Nathan from a dual Chief of Party role on two projects (Digital Economy and Market Development (DEMD) and the Trade and Competitiveness Activity (TCA)) with USAID’s Center for Economics and Market Development in the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation. Previously, Ms. Gaffney supported business development, thought leadership, and short-term technical assistance for other government contractors, including as Acting Global Lead for DAI’s Trade and Competitiveness practice. She also spent six years at the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, advising Congress on international trade and competitiveness issues.

Ms. Gaffney earned a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She is proficient in Spanish.

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