Washington, D.C., November 17, 2016 – Carola McGiffert, founder and CEO of US-China Strong Foundation, will join BGR Group as a Managing Director in January. McGiffert has years of experience in the public and private sectors focusing on trade and is widely recognized for her China expertise.
Ed Rogers, Chairman of BGR Group, commented, “As America’s largest trading partner, China offers U.S. companies incredible opportunities. But with the new foreign policy priorities among the incoming decision-makers in Washington, companies will require expertise in Washington as well as Beijing to navigate the evolving geopolitical relationship between the two nations. With Carola’s addition, BGR’s bipartisan international team is uniquely positioned to help business leaders build a roadmap and the necessary relationships to succeed.”
The leading public diplomacy platform between the two countries, the US-China Strong Foundation, is an independent non-profit whose mission is to strengthen bilateral relations by increasing Mandarin language learning and study abroad opportunities for young Americans. McGiffert previously served at the U.S. State Department from 2010 to 2012 as a senior advisor to then-Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell. From 2002 to 2009, McGiffert worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, DC-based think tank, as chief of staff to CEO John Hamre and later as a senior fellow focusing on US-China relations. As chief of staff, she ran the respected CSIS Commission on Smart Power, chaired by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Joe Nye. During her time at CSIS, she co-founded an independent consulting firm that helped American companies do business in Asia.
McGiffert commented, “I am delighted to add my China expertise to BGR’s respected international practice. I look forward to leveraging my experience working with decision-makers in both the United States and China to help BGR clients navigate the political, cultural and economic complexities between our two countries.”
McGiffert’s experience also includes serving as a special assistant in the White House, working the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and at the Office of the US Trade Representative. McGiffert received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Economics from Wesleyan University and her Master of Arts in Chinese Studies from Johns Hopkins School of International Studies. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group.
BGR Group (www.bgrdc.com) offers an integrated suite of bipartisan lobbying, strategic communications and business solutions. BGR’s international practice crafts and implements advocacy strategies for governments, U.S. businesses, multinational companies, non-governmental organizations, civil society groups and opposition political parties.
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