Biden nominates Trevino as USTR chief ag negotiator  

President Joe Biden this week announced his nomination of Elaine Trevino to serve as the chief agricultural negotiator at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). 

Trevino is president of the Almond Alliance of California (AAC), a trade association charged with “advocating on regulatory and legislative issues in areas such as food safety, air quality, water, crop protection, worker safety, and feed quality.” Prior to leading AAC, Elaine was president of California Strategic Solutions, a consulting company focused in business development and public and government relations. She also served as a deputy secretary at the California Department of Food and Agriculture for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Gov. Gray Davis. Trevino received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley.

USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai issued a statement praising Trevino’s experience in agriculture, noting that her expertise “will help the Biden-Harris administration craft durable trade policy that creates broad-based prosperity. 

“Throughout her impressive career serving in leadership positions at the state and federal level, Elaine has developed strong relationships with key stakeholders and demonstrated a keen understanding of trade and agriculture policy,” Tai said. 

NGFA and other agricultural groups wrote to Biden on May 14 urging expeditious nomination of this important role. Gregg Doud served as chief agricultural negotiator under the Trump administration after being nominated in June 2017 and approved by the Senate in March 2018.