LIVESTREAM: LA's Trade & Commerce Challenges Amidst COVID-19

Christine Peterson

Dir. Trade & Investment, City of LA

Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero

Dir. of Trade Development, Port of LA

Stephen Cheung (moderator)

President, World Trade Center Los Angeles

March 25, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Our next LAWACTH Livestream, in partnership with the World Trade Center Los Angeles, will analyze how COVID-19 is rapidly altering the landscape of trade and commerce in Los Angeles. Director of Trade and Investment for the City of LA Christine Peterson will join Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero, the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles. The conversation will be moderated by Stephen Cheung, President of the World Trade Center Los Angeles. 

The discussion will contextualize which trade policies got us to where we are today in the wake of COVID-19. It will answer key questions about the current state of trade and our ports, and what programs are being leveraged to attempt to stave off serious reductions in port activity and global commerce. Finally, our panel will look towards the future to try and assess what trade policies will be necessary moving forward to effectively respond to, and move through, such global economic uncertainty.

Christine Peterson is the Director of International Trade & Investment for the City of Los Angeles. She facilitates global trade opportunities, strengthens foreign government and business relationships, attracts foreign investment, and supports sea and air cargo for companies, workers, manufacturers and innovators in Los Angeles. Previously, Christine was a Director of Innovation and Intellectual Property in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President where she worked on negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Christine has also worked in the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce to promote U.S. exports.

Marisela Caraballo DiRuggiero is the Director of Trade Development for the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in North America. Appointed to this position in 2019, she oversees the Trade Development Division, ensuring the Port fulfills its mission to connect U.S. businesses throughout America with overseas trade opportunities. Caraballo DiRuggiero is also responsible for the outreach to professional associations and government agencies to promote specialized business opportunities in key commodity areas, with an emphasis on export cargoes. Additionally, Caraballo DiRuggiero oversees the function of intergovernmental relations with foreign governments, advancing the Port’s influence on expanding trade markets, and is the Port’s point person to the international diplomatic community. Previously, Caraballo DiRuggiero served as the Port’s director of legislative affairs. Prior to joining the Port in 2002, she worked for a Member of Congress, a California State Senator, and real estate development company.

Stephen Cheung (moderator) is the Executive Vice President of LAEDC and the President of World Trade Center Los Angeles (WTCLA). Cheung leads investment attraction to the LA County region on behalf of both LAEDC and WTCLA, and facilitates the successful location of new businesses, projects, and deals from both international and U.S. investors into the region. He also supports international trade and international connections for organizations based in LA County. Prior to his current role, Stephen Cheung was the Secretary-General of International Trade and Foreign Affairs for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Concurrently, Cheung was the Director of International Trade for the Port of Los Angeles.

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