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January 25, 2011 > Special Life Events: Cox appointed as trade advisor

Special Life Events: Cox appointed as trade advisor

The Honorable Teresa Cox has been appointed by the US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and United States Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk, to serve as a trade advisor, working on small and minority business initiatives. Ms. Cox will be a member of the Industry Trade Advisory Council. In this capacity, Ms. Cox will advise on international trade agreements to promote the economic interest and opportunities of the United States and determine whether these agreements provide equity and reciprocity. Ms. Cox will also provide advice on key objectives and bargaining positions for global trade negotiations and other trade-related policy matters.

Ms. Cox said, "Small businesses are the backbone to our economy and will create new jobs now and for the future." She has worked with the US Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary Ro Khanna in hosting small and minority business roundtables in the Bay Area as well as other local and national leaders. Cox has worked at The White House Office where she coordinated White House events to strengthen community relations with constituent groups. She facilitated public policy briefings on Presidential business forums and organized Presidential delegations.

With over twenty years of experience working with small and or minority owned businesses around the world. Ms. Cox currently works as a Senior Global Negotiator at one of the largest software companies in Silicon Valley. She is a Commissioner for the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Fremont where she chaired this Commission in 2008-2009.

Ms. Cox was elected to the Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees in November 2008. She became the first African American elected to this Board. Ms. Cox earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Northwestern University in Illinois, the first African American woman with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in the nation, and a MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of University of Rochester in New York. She has received numerous awards of distinction.

Ms. Cox and her family are long time residents of Fremont and she has served in various leadership positions of community service organizations that promote family, healthcare, business, and education.

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