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Ian Steff

Ian Steff

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets & Director General of the...

U.S. Department of Commerce

Ian Steff serves as the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. At the U.S. Department of Commerce, he oversees approximately 1,400 trade and investment professionals located in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 markets around the world. He manages a $330 million annual budget and a broad portfolio of International Trade Administration initiatives aimed at increasing the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers and service providers. In this capacity, he is among those senior officials responsible for executing the Trump Administration’s plans to foster growth in U.S. jobs, exports, and investments.

Prior to his unanimous confirmation by the United State Senate in November of 2019, Assistant Secretary Steff was appointed in June of 2017 as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing.

Previously, he served as the State of Indiana’s first Chief Innovation Officer under then-Governor Pence where he led the billion-dollar innovation and entrepreneurship initiative. Additionally, Mr. Steff was the state’s senior advisor for advanced manufacturing and Executive Vice President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. In Indiana, Mr. Steff served on the Battery Innovation Center’s Board of Directors and was a founding board member of the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation. He served on the Advisory Boards of the Dean of Engineering at Purdue and the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI.

Prior to his roles in Indiana, Mr. Steff served as Vice President of Global Policy and Technology Partnerships at the Semiconductor Industry Association for over a decade and Executive Chairman of the United States Information Technology Office in Beijing. Mr. Steff began his professional career on Capitol Hill where he was a member of the House Ways and Means trade staff under Chairman Bill Thomas. He interned on the House Small Business Committee.

Mr. Steff graduated Magna Cum Laude from American University where he possesses a B.A. in international studies. He completed graduate work at the National Defense University and received a M.A. in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He is the proud husband of Brittany and father of two young Hoosiers, Daniel and Owen.

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