Heather Pederson is a results-oriented international government relations professional and former U.S. Government official with over 30 years of experience in foreign policy, international trade issues, and global business development. Armed with an extensive network of stakeholders within U.S. and foreign government agencies, embassies, industry, associations, and think tanks, Heather builds effective coalitions in support of mutually beneficial international relationships promoting business, development, and corporate citizenship.
For over ten years, Heather served as the Senior Director, International Operations & Policy at The Boeing Company’s Government Affairs Office. She led a team in developing and implementing government advocacy strategies to promote international sales of commercial aircraft. Heather worked closely with many U.S. government agencies to protect the fairness and transparency of international tenders; her partners included the White House; National Security Council; U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Transportation; U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. Export-Import Bank; and U.S. Embassies. With a focus on the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Europe/Eurasia, Heather also monitored global events and their effects on company footprint in these markets.
During Heather’s 20-year career in the U.S. Government at the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, she developed positions on international trade policy and competitiveness with input from industry and associations. She organized and led numerous trade missions, exhibitions, and conferences designed to help American companies access international markets.
Non-profits seeking to enter or expand in international markets rely on Heather’s government and private sector experience to monitor and analyze geopolitical risks and opportunities; identify key factors affecting a country’s ability to attract foreign investment, such as workforce preparedness; leverage corporate social responsibility investments; and identify policies that could expand economic growth, trade, and job creation and retention.
Having traveled around the world to over 50 countries, Heather has served on numerous Boards and Executive Committees at the American Turkish Council, Corporate Council on Africa, U.S.-Angola Chamber of Commerce, and U.S.-Egypt Business Council. She is also a member of the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs. Heather has received numerous awards from the U.S. Department of Commerce including the Silver, Bronze, and Customer Service Awards.