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The Honorable Teresa D. Cox

US Department of Trade and Commerce

In a career that has spanned disciplines as broad as engineering, supply chain, investment banking, and contract management, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the White House, she is undoubtedly a woman to watch.

The Honorable Teresa Cox has been appointed by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and the United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk to serve during the 2010-14 charter term on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC 11) as a representative of Vantec Thermal Technologies and of the U.S. computer industry sector. Ms. Cox works with the other members of ITAC 11 to provide trade policy and technical advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) regarding trade barriers, negotiation of trade agreements, and implementation of existing trade agreements affecting small and minority business; and ITAC 11 performs such other advisory functions relevant to U.S. trade policy as may be requested by the Secretary and the USTR or their designees.

In 2012, The Honorable Teresa Cox has been appointed by Secretary of Commerce John Bryson to serve as one of the members of the U.S. District Export Council representing Northern California.

Ms. Cox was elected to the Ohlone Community College Board of Trustees in November 2008. She became the first African American elected to this Board in 50 years.

She is the first African American Commissioner for the Economic Development Advisory Commission for the City of Fremont where she chaired this commission in 2008-2009. She served as a member of the Fremont Delegation to China and visited the new Ohlone College in Suzhou, China.

She has worked at The White House Office during the Clinton Administration where she coordinated White House events to strengthen community relations with constituent groups. She facilitated public policy briefings on Presidential business forums and organized Presidential delegations.

She made national headlines as the first African American woman with a degree in Nuclear Engineering in the nation Ms. Cox earned a Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear Engineering from Northwestern University in Illinois and a MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business Administration of University of Rochester in New York. She has received numerous awards of distinction.

She has over twenty years of experience in international trade and working with small and or minority owned businesses in Federal Government and corporations in various industries including Silicon Valley. Ms. Cox currently works at the world's leading enterprise cloud computing company.

Ms. Cox has served in various leadership positions of community service organizations that promote family, healthcare, business, and education. She is the recipient of numerous awards and featured keynote speaker across the nation. Ms. Cox has been featured in numerous articles and publications. Ms. Cox is a mother of two children.

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