President Biden on Tuesday announced the appointment of Nigerian-born Enoh T. Ebong as the acting director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. The federal agency is responsible for helping American companies “create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.”
Political appointees of federal agencies typically leave their positions when a new administration comes in. Incoming administrations then fill the positions with officials in acting capacities, until they can nominate and the Senate confirms permanent leaders.
Until her appointment to the USTDA, Ebong was the head of strategic partnerships at the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream. She previously worked at USTDA from 2004 to 2019 when she worked a variety of roles including as general counsel, deputy director and chief operating officer.
Ms. Ebong earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, a Master of Arts in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in History, with Honors, from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
“It is an honor to return to USTDA. The opportunity to lead the Agency comes at a critical moment when the world is turning to the United States for leadership on clean energy and climate-smart infrastructure, as well as safe and secure ICT solutions,” said Ms. Ebong during her swearing-in ceremony. “The Agency is one of the most effective, targeted and proven tools within the U.S. government. I’ve long believed in USTDA’s mission and program, which are fully aligned with the President’s vision of strengthening our economy and addressing climate as an essential component of American foreign policy and national security.”