Ro Khanna was appointed by President Obama to serve as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the United States Department of Commerce. The U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, part of the International Trade Administration, is the key export promotion agency of the federal government.
In this capacity, Mr. Khanna is responsible for overseeing the domestic operations of 109 U.S. Export Assistance Centers operating in 48 states. He has played an instrumental role in implementing the President's National Export Initiative around the country. In addition, Mr. Khanna is responsible for a number of trade promotion programs, the Trade Information Center, and marketing and communications strategies. Mr. Khanna has been involved with planning and executing a number of export missions for the Department including to India, Brazil, China, and Mexico. Mr. Khanna was successful in working with the Economic Development Agency to bring a grant to Fremont, California to help create new manufacturing jobs and export opportunities after the closing of the NUMMI plant. He also has worked to create partnerships with Universities and the Department of Commerce across the country to prepare students for the global economy. California State East Bay and Cleveland State University are models of these partnerships.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Khanna was counsel at O’Melveny & Myers where he practiced intellectual property law. He was named by Northern California Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2009.
Mr. Khanna served as Chair of the Indo American Council at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee where he helped Speaker Pelosi shape the innovation and clean tech agenda for the Democratic Party. For this work, he was awarded the Trailblazer Award by the Democratic Party in 2008. Mr. Khanna was an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs, served on the Board of Sustainable San Mateo County and the Human Investment Project, and was a mentor to the Irvington High School We The People 2009 team. He clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the Eighth Circuit. He is a Phi Beta graduate of the University of Chicago in Economics, and a graduate of Yale Law School.