The U.S. Investment Advisory Council

Learn about how the Investment Advisory Council advises Department of Commerce leadership on FDI policy

The Investment Advisory Council (IAC) is looking for new members! Members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and represent companies and organizations investing, seeking to invest, seeking foreign investors, or facilitating investment across many sectors. If you would like to nominate a member to the IAC, visit the Federal Register Notice for requirements. Please send questions to:

The U.S. Investment Advisory Council (IAC) advises the Secretary of Commerce on the development and implementation of strategies and programs to attract and retain foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States.

The IAC can have up to 40 members who serve a two-year term. Members are business or economic development leaders representing various industries, companies, associations, regional, state and local economic development organizations, and other organizations.

The IAC is responsible for: advising the Secretary of Commerce on U.S. government policies and programs that affect FDI; identifying and recommending programs and policies to help the United States attract and retain FDI; and recommending ways to support the United States remaining the world's preeminent destination for FDI. 

Investment Advisory Council Membership for 2019-2021

Mark Beariault, General Counsel, Kudelski Group
Chris Camacho, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Richard Chin, Group EVP and Head of Global Development, SK Group
Christopher Clement, Senior Director, Siemens Energy
Frank DiBello, President and CEO, Space Florida
Thomas Dustman, International Sales Director, Sunnen Products Co.
Jeff Finkle, President and CEO, International Economic Development Council
Michael Graff, Chairman and CEO, American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.
Dan Hart, President and CEO, Virgin Orbit
Kusum Kavia, President, Combustion Associates, Inc.
Robert (Bob) LeFort, President, Infineon Technologies America Corp.
Nancy McLernon, President and CEO, Global Business Alliance
Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative
Patrick Mulloy, Trade Lawyer, Office of Pat Mulloy
Brendan O’Grady, Executive VP and Head of NA Commercial, Teva Pharma.
Tom Osborne, Executive Director – Infrastructure, IFM
Don Pierson, Secretary of Commerce, Louisiana Economic Development
Steven Presley, Chairman and CEO, Nestle USA
Signe Pringle, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
James Schellinger, Secretary of Commerce, Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Jennifer Springer, Director, Int’ Trade & Foreign Investment, Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce
David Steel, Executive VP, Corporate Affairs, Samsung Electronics America
Jane Thomas, President, Teijin Group in America
Jennifer Verdon, Int’l Business Manager, Idaho Department of Commerce


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