Thamar Harrigan, Youth Summits Director

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Thamar Harrigan is an international trade attorney, legislative policy expert, and economic development advisor.  She holds both a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Law in International Business, which she obtained in China from a joint program between the National University of Singapore and East China University of Political Science and Law.  Thamar has represented more than 35 entities, including foreign governments and U.S. agencies. She has extensive experience providing clients with critical guidance and policy recommendations for U.S. congressional engagement, international economic and trade issues and geopolitical matters. She is passionate about assisting businesses and corporate clients in meeting their expansion goals, including exporting into overseas markets.  Thamar travels extensively for both business and pleasure, to support the development of trade policies and public-private partnerships worldwide. She previously served as an Obama presidential appointee as the Advisor for Intergovernmental Relations in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she served as Special Advisor to the Ambassador of the Republic of Haiti at the Embassy in Washington, DC. During her tenure at the Embassy, she assisted in facilitating the country’s bilateral strategy to optimize alignment of policy goals and government objectives.