Start Date: 3/25/2021 12:00 PM EDT
End Date: 3/25/2021 1:00 PM EDT
Venue Name: Virtual
Protecting and Promoting Women’s Rights and Economic Interests in Trade: What’s Been Happening under U.S. Trade Preference Programs and Agreements?
What is the United States government doing to protect and promote women’s rights in the trade arena? Ms. Latesha Love will discuss the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) December 2020 report on Women’s Rights and Economic Interests in U.S. Trade Preference Programs. Ms. Kim Frankena will then describe GAO’s ongoing work focusing on trade agreements and touch upon themes from GAO’s other recent ongoing trade work.
- Latesha Love, Acting Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) International Affairs and Trade Team
- Kim Frankena, Assistant Director, U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) International Affairs and Trade Team
Latesha Love is an Acting Director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade (IAT) team. She oversees a cross-cutting portfolio examining international policy issues such as women’s rights and trade, foreign assistance for reconstruction and enhancing democracy, efforts to combat international human trafficking, and international cybersecurity.
Latesha joined GAO in August 2002. Prior to IAT, she spent several years in GAO’s Strategic Issues and Forensic Audits and Investigative Services teams leading audits on issues such as consumer financial protection, Medicare, contracting, immigration, human capital management, and intergovernmental response and recovery from catastrophic events. She has also served as a speaker at various national and international conferences on using data analytics and other leading practices to manage federal fraud risks.
Latesha earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, where she was also a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. Latesha earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia State University.
Kim Frankena has been working in the trade area for nearly all of her multi-decade career. Currently, she is an Assistant Director in GAO’s International Affairs and Trade team at GAO—known colloquially as the Congressional “Watch Dog” agency. There, she plans, directs, and implement research by supervising staff from legal, economic, foreign affairs, and trade disciplines. The resulting reports help agencies improve programs and facilitate Congressional oversight. The teams she manages have issued recent reports on duty drawback, treaty investor visas, trade adjustment assistance, and North American energy integration. Prior reports include monitoring and enforcement of trade agreements, AGOA and other U.S. trade preference programs, reform of trade advisory committees, and consultations under TPA.
While at GAO, Kim has done several noteworthy details, including working for Senator Hatch’s staff on Senate Finance during the TPP debate, and was awarded an agency-wide “Client Service” Award and “Big Picture Award” in 2010 for leading GAO’s Strategic Planning team.
Prior to joining GAO, Kim served as Chief of the Major Nations Branch in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Economics. The unit produced annual reports on overall U.S. trade developments, U.S. trade with the Caribbean Basin, and U.S. trade with the Andean region, as well as special studies on NAFTA’s impact, the EU, APEC, and economic integration in East Asia and Latin America. She did 3 details to USTR, on NAFTA and Japan, while there.
Her education includes a M.A., International Affairs, Georgetown University, and a B.A., Political Science and Economics, Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York.