Derek Gianino serves as National Engagement Director, having recently rejoined the organization after serving USGLC for four years first as National Outreach Director and later as Director of Strategic Initiatives. In between his tenure at USGLC, Derek was Director of International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In his role, he was responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, working with and managing grassroots supporters, third party stakeholders, strategic alliances, state and local chambers of commerce, and a wide array of businesses, including small and medium-sized exporters. In the 2012 election cycle, Derek was Deputy National Coalitions Director on the Romney for President campaign, overseeing national outreach efforts to veterans, sportsmen, and farmers. In this capacity, he directed efforts to recruit and mobilize activists in more than 15 targeted states and liaised with prominent veteran, business, and civic leaders. Derek was previously a public affairs consultant with firms including DDC Advocacy and Howard Consulting Group, working on a variety of federal and state public policy issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kalamazoo College and earned his Master of Public Policy from The American University. He also studied at the University of Aberdeen.