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Todd Joseph Abrajano departed Jan. 6, 2018

Commerce (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Director, Office of White House Liaison | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Turning Point Public Affairs via Internet Archive:

Todd Abrajano is the Founder and President of Turning Point Public Affairs. He has nearly 20 years of experience assisting corporate, non-profit, and political clients with communications needs, political strategy, legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy, and direct government relations. He also produces dynamic radio, television, and direct mail advertising - scoring victories in numerous candidate and ballot issue campaigns. During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Todd was retained by the Donald J. Trump for President campaign to serve as the communications director for the battleground state of Missouri which President-elect Trump won by over 19 percentage points on Election Day.During the 2012 election cycle, Todd served as a top communications strategist for two high-profile U.S. Senate campaigns, and worked closely with the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Before founding Turning Point, Todd spent three years as a Vice President at VOX Global, a Washington D.C. based international public affairs firm, where he directed multi-state grassroots programs for a Fortune 10 client. Before joining VOX Global, Todd spent a year and a half at Fleishman-Hillard’s world headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, providing public affairs counseling to Fortune 500 clients in the energy, financial services, and telecommunications industries. While at Fleishman, he was a key member of the team that was awarded PR Week’s 2009 Public Affairs Campaign of the Year award after a successful, multi-year campaign. Prior to joining Fleishman, Todd worked for several years in politics and government, most recently serving as director of communications for the Missouri House of Representatives. In that capacity, he led a non-partisan office of eight communications professionals serving all 163 elected members. In addition to directing the non-partisan activities of the communications office, Todd served as press secretary for the Speaker of the Missouri House and other members of the Missouri House’s Republican majority leadership team, providing strategic counsel and overseeing and implementing communications plans and partisan messaging. In addition to his most recent political campaign clients, Todd has provided strategic and media counsel for the Missouri House Republican Campaign Committee; served as campaign manager and communications director for the Republican nominee in a nationally targeted race for U.S. Congress in 2004; served in a similar capacity for the Republican nominee for Connecticut state treasurer in 2002; and assisted in numerous other local, state, and federal political campaigns. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Todd directed “Spin Room” media relations for the McCain-Palin campaign during the only vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin which was held at Washington University in St. Louis. Todd received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Yale University.

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Ali Ahmad

Commerce (joined: Sept. 24, 2018)

Associate Director for Communications | $135,000

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Brooke Vosburgh Alexander departed Jan. 5, 2018

Commerce (joined: Feb. 27, 2017)

Senior Advisor | $153,730 | Financial Disclosure »

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Vishal J. Amin

Commerce (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator | Financial Disclosure »

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Justin arlett

Justin Arlett departed Feb. 27, 2018

Commerce (joined: April 18, 2017)

Confidential Assistant, Economic Development Administration | $54,972 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Connected Investors via Internet Archive:

My name is Justin Arlett and I am CEO of Arlett Financial Inc., a RE Investment and Solutions Company based in Wilmington, NC. My RE career started as a 17 year old New Homes Consultant in Bethany Beach, DE. Introduced to the investment industry at the age of 19 in San Diego working for a large REI Company where I got my feet wet and broadened my context. Moved to Wilmington, NC August of 2011 to start own company, have been investing since!

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Fernando E. Armstrong

Commerce (joined: Jan. 7, 2018)

Regional Director, Philadelphia

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Katherine Armstrong

Commerce (joined: Oct. 15, 2018)

Confidential Assistant, Office of the Chief of Staff | $45,972

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Richard "Rich" Ashooh

Commerce (joined: Aug. 14, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Bureau of Industry and Security - Commerce:

Rich Ashooh serves as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration. In this role, he is responsible for the U.S. dual-use export control policy, as well as the management of the Department of Commerce’s national security, nonproliferation, and foreign policy functions within the Bureau of Industry and Security. He also oversees the Bureau’s programs that ensure industrial resources are available to meet national and economic security requirements, including the Defense Priorities Allocation System (DPAS). He also participates in the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which reviews transactions of foreign direct investment in U.S. companies for national security concerns. The Assistant Secretary chairs the Advisory Committee on Export Policy, which is a multi-agency tool to resolve security-related export policy matters. In addition, his responsibilities include the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security (SIES), the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance (NPTC), the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls (NSTTC), the Office of Exporter Services (OExS), and the Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE). For much of his career, Rich was a senior executive in the defense industry, with the electronics group of Lockheed, which was later acquired by BAE Systems. During this time, Rich contributed to the growth of that business from an $800 million company to a nearly $5 billion enterprise and the world leader in electronic warfare. Rich was instrumental in the success of numerous programs which serve U.S. and allied warfighters. Rich also led the company’s homeland security efforts after 9/11, focusing the company’s technology solutions toward a new range of threats to our nation. He is proud to have contributed to the success of dozens of programs that have protected the lives of countless US and allied military servicemen and women. Rich’s professional career began in the US Senate, serving for several years as a Professional Staff Member on the US Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs where his primary focus was on federal procurement policies and oversight. A leader the higher education community, Rich served on the Board of Trustees for the University System of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, as well as the UNH Foundation board. Prior to his nomination, he served as the Director of Economic Partnerships for the University System of New Hampshire, with over 33,000 enrolled students and the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state. He also served as Interim Executive Director of the Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire School Of Law, a nationally ranked leader in intellectual property law. Rich was born in Manchester, New Hampshire, and is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he met his wife, the former Lori Johnson of Peterborough. He and Lori have five children: Sofie 24, Emma 22, Elias 20, Maya 19, and Sam 17.

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Steven Barranca

Commerce (joined: Sept. 4, 2018)

Advance Assistant | $45,972

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Dina Beaumont

Commerce (joined: Feb. 6, 2017)

Director of Scheduling and Advance | Senior Advisor for Trade Initiatives Implementation | Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff for ITA | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

The DMB Consulting Group, founded in 1997, is a public and government affairs consulting firm specializing in event management. The Group includes a diverse network of professionals from coast to coast. Dina M. Beaumont, President and Founder, serves clients such as Burson-Marsteller, Valbridge Property Advisors, Fox News Channel, USA Global LLC, the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, the Foundation Fighting Blindness and myriad other corporate and philanthropic organizations. In the political arena DMB has worked with over 50 national, federal, and statewide political campaigns. The group has extensive experience in event management, crisis management, marketing, public and media relations. DMB is comprised of Government Affairs Specialists that initiate, prepare, interpret, review and monitor legislation and administrative regulations that affect their clients. DMD develops and maintains ongoing effective contact with federal, state and local officials and their staffs. They work extensively on strategizing, designing and implementing advocacy efforts in support of their clients key projects and initiatives. From 2001 – 2009, Dina Beaumont consulted with the White House as a Senior Advance Representative to the Office of the Vice President. In this capacity, she led international advance teams in Iraq, Pakistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Georgia and Calgary. Dina served as the Lead Media Representative at the Republican National Convention, the Vice-Presidential Debates and overseas in China, Switzerland, and Jordan.

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Morgan Bedan departed March 3, 2018

Commerce (joined: July 10, 2017)

Scheduler, Office of the Chief of Staff | $66,510 | Financial Disclosure »

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Jeff Behler

Commerce (joined: Jan. 7, 2018)

Regional Director, New York of the Associate Director for Field Operations

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Ross W. Branson

Commerce (joined: March 20, 2017)

Associate Director for Legislative Affairs | $112,021 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Assisted the Director of External Affairs and the Volunteer Director with organising our volunteer recruitment and placement system for the 2016 Republican National Convention. This includes correspondence, database management, recruitment and assessment of capabilities. Performed other support duties for the Deputy Director of External Affairs, Government Relations. [As Field Representative for Congressman Jason Smith] I establish relationships and clear lines of communication with local elected officials and various community leaders. I help assist constituents and municipalities navigate the Federal bureaucracy through various forms of written and electronic correspondence. [As Legislative Assistant at Missouri House of Representatives] Ran the office of the Representative by handling constituent calls and emails regarding various issues. I kept their schedule and tracked their legislation to ensure their bills had smooth transitions throughout the legislative process. [As Legislative Director for State of Missouri] I helped assist the Rules Committee Chairman with organizing the bills in committee while also assisting other caucus members with their legislation and advancing their bills. I also assisted with caucus relations.

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Eric David Branstad

Commerce (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Senior White House Advisor | $172,100 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Eric Branstad is the Senior White House Advisor at the United States Department of Commerce. He began his service managing the Beachhead Team at Commerce following the Inauguration on January 20, 2017. Mr. Branstad is the main point of contact and chief aid for the Secretary in any of Secretary Wilbur Ross’s needs as relating to the White House or broader Administration. He works as a partner and senior advisor directly with the Secretary of Commerce and other Department officials on their policies, duties, and responsibilities. Mr. Branstad is also responsible for special projects as determined by the office of the President, Vice President, First Lady, and other White House Agencies. He coordinates with the White House staff, members of Congress, and other senior officials in order to further the goals of the Administration. Prior to joining the Administration at the Department of Commerce, Mr. Branstad was Liaison to the Nation’s Governors for the 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee. Previous to that, Mr. Branstad served as the Iowa State Director of the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign. On election day, the President won Iowa, one of the nation’s most important battleground states, by 9.5%, the largest margin since Ronald Reagan in 1980. He also won 93 of the Hawkeye State’s 99 counties. Two months before election day, Mr. Branstad was tasked with developing a strategy to win Wisconsin, a neighboring battleground state. President Donald J. Trump was the first Republican to win Wisconsin since 1984. Preceding the campaign, Mr. Branstad was a founding partner of a Des Moines-based consulting firm called Matchpoint Strategies. He specialized in developing and managing public relations campaigns, fundraising programs, and earned media initiatives.

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Frank T. Bray

Commerce (joined: June 12, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administation | $161,900 | Financial Disclosure »

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  • Bray Consulting LLC Manager (I am in the process of working with my attorney to close down Bray Consulting LLC. I am the sole proprietor. No business has been conducted by the LLC in 2017. My Sole Client in 2016 was PwC and that contract ended in September 2016.)

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  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Consulting fees paid to Bray Consulting LLC for supporting PwC audits of client export control compliance programs.
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Austin BrowningTransferred to Housing and Urban Development

Commerce (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Confidential Assistant | $45,972-$59,762

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Special Assistant to the Secretary, Ginnie Mae: Special Assistant to the Secretary detailed over to the President and Executive Vice President at the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) otherwise known as Ginnie Mae; Serve as direct Assistant to The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson; White House Advance Volunteer: Organized and executed political and official events in support of the President of the United States; 58th Presidential Inaugural Committee Site Coordinator: Working on logistics and production of all public and private events regarding the inauguration of President Elect Trump as the 45th President of the United States. Specifically worked on Lincoln Memorial Welcome Concert. Ran Operations and logistics of all area for public in non ticketed area at Lincoln Memorial Welcome Concert (150,000 patrons) 17th street and ww2 memorial to east end of the reflecting pool and Henry Bacon Drive; Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. Advance Site Representative: Traveled Nationally throughout course of campaign. Worked as a Site representative for the Trump Campaign Advance Team. Specialized in Managing and logistical oversight of rallies, fundraisers, and RON (Room Over Night) and any and all movements of the candidate to create a smooth course of events for the schedule. Managed and coordinated with Secret Service and local law enforcement agencies and related entities to arrange logistics for a secure event. Coordinated motorcade arrangements at each campaign stop. Responsible for routinely coordinating rallies for 10,000+ people in less than 72 hours turnaround time.

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Commerce

Deputy Director | $179,700

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Michael Burgess departed April 18, 2018

Commerce (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Confidential Assistant | Senior Speechwriter and Press Assistant | $66,510 | Financial Disclosure »

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Henry Childs II

Commerce (joined: Feb. 7, 2017)

National Director, Minority Business Development Agency | Special Advisor, Economic Development Administration | Special Advisor, Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Economic Development | $126,148 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via The New Republic:

A family law and corporate attorney, Childs is a first-time delegate, second-generation Republican, and head of the Texas Federation of African American Republicans.

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James T Christy departed Nov. 25, 2017

Commerce (joined: May 22, 2017)

Regional Director, Los Angeles for Associate Director for Field Operations

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Kimberly clark

Kimberly Clark

Commerce (joined: May 22, 2017)

Confidential Assistant in the Office of the Secretary | $54,972 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Experienced Financial Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the law enforcement industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Microsoft Excel, Analytical Skills, and Risk Management. Strong finance professional with a Bachelor of Business Administration focused in Finance from University of Miami.

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Earl comstock

Earl Comstock

Commerce (joined: Jan. 30, 2017)

Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Earl Comstock previously advocated on behalf of telecommunications, marine fishery, and maritime clients. He worked for the law firm Eckert Seamans, was principal of Comstock Consulting and served as president of a trade association representing Internet and telecommunications companies. He directly lobbied Commerce on behalf of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, an association of whale hunters. — ProPublica

Bio, via Practicing Law Institute via Internet Archive:

Earl Comstock focuses his practice on Federal legislative and regulatory matters. He has experience in drafting complex legislation and more than 20 years of experience advising clients who have legislative, regulatory or legal issues related to telecommunications, the Internet, and emerging communications technologies. Earl also has experience with legislative and regulatory issues involving natural resource development. Earl has over a decade of Congressional experience as legislative director for Senator Ted Stevens (RAlaska) and professional staff for the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. During that time, he negotiated and drafted more than a dozen major bills that were enacted into law, including the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996. Since leaving Capitol Hill in 1997, Earl has been a partner in another law firm, President and CEO of COMPTEL, a trade organization representing competitive telecommunications and Internet companies, and a consultant. He has testified before Congress and represented clients before Congress, Federal agencies and international organizations. He brings a wealth of practical experience for clients seeking innovative solutions to problems involving the Federal legislative or regulatory process in Washington, DC.

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John M. Cooney

Commerce (joined: April 24, 2017)

Senior Advisor for Budget and Administration, International Trade Administration | $131,767 | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via Small Business Administration via Internet Archive:

In his role as Senior Advisor for the Office of the Under Secretary for the International Trade Administration (ITA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce, John advises the Under Secretary on specific programs, policy, and administration matters. He works closely with ITA Senior Leadership. John recently served as the Budget and Administration Public Events Manager for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and prior to that was a partner at Minneapolis-based Fallbrook Communications

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Kathleen Cooney-Porter

Commerce (joined: Aug. 20, 2018)

Senior Advisor, Office of the Under Secretary | $164,200

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Bio, via U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

Ms. Cooney-Porter has practiced trademark law for almost 30 years. Prior to joining the USPTO, she was a Principal at Muncy, Geissler, Olds & Lowe, P.C., since 2016, advising clients on how to enhance, secure, leverage, and enforce their marks and brand portfolio, and as a Managing Partner at Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C., where she managed the trademark and copyright practice groups and represented clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. During her tenure in private practice, Ms. Cooney-Porter served a three-year term as an appointee to the USPTO's Trademark Public Advisory Committee where she advised the Director of the USPTO on matters relating to trademark policies, goals, performance, budget and user fees. Ms. Cooney-Porter is a returning member of the USPTO family; prior to working in private practice, she was a Trademark Examining Attorney from 1989 to 1997. Ms. Cooney-Porter has a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. She resides in McLean, Virginia with her husband and twin teenage daughters.

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Walter Copan

Commerce (joined: Oct. 5, 2017)

Under Secretary for Standards and Technology | Financial Disclosure »

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Remmington Curtis departed July 7, 2018

Commerce (joined: March 5, 2018)

Director, Office of Business Liaison, Office of Business Liaison | $135,000

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Jessica Curyto

Commerce (joined: Aug. 20, 2018)

Special Advisor, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration | $114,590

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Certified Federal Contracts Manager (CFCM) Contracts: Administration, Foreign Military Sales, Direct Commercial Sales, Negotiation, Proposal Management. Working knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and Defense Acquisition Regulations (DFAR). Fundraising: Development Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Project Management. Commercial Real Estate: Property Management, Lease Administration, Project Coordination. Specialties: International Business, Federal Acquisition Regulations

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Peter B. Davidson

Commerce (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

General Counsel | Financial Disclosure »

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Cary Davis-Leizerowski

Commerce (joined: Oct. 28, 2018)

Senior Advisor, International Trade Administration | $114,590

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Cary is the Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary for International Trade at the Department of Commerce, holding an interim Secret security clearance. Cary works with great American businesses and workers to increase U.S. exports, protect vital industries and supply chains, and combat unfair trade by China. For two years prior, Cary served as Legislative Director and General Counsel for Congressman Dan Donovan, Chair of a House Homeland Security subcommittee. Cary has written legislation on international commerce which has passed the House of Representatives unanimously and which was featured as the top headline on The Drudge Report. He has written bills featured on CNN, Breitbart, and Zero Hedge and which were the world's top-searched Congressional legislation. Cary managed a four-person legislative team of attorneys and legislative assistants. Before Federal service, Cary was a litigator and trial attorney at Reed Smith, working on complex commercial litigation and cyber & data issues such as privacy policies, breach protocol, international data transfers, & E911. Cary represented Uber in legislation, regulation, intellectual property disputes, and anti-trust litigation. In addition to his legislative and commercial legal practice, Cary’s leadership efforts have included pro bono representation for abused kids and homeless families; Philadelphia Bar Association; President of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces Young Leadership; membership in Global Philadelphia Association, which helped make Philadelphia the first World Heritage City in the US; and USA250 for the celebration for the 250th birthday of the United States. Cary served in the Senate as a Law Clerk for Senator Ron Johnson on the Committee on Homeland Security. Cary has been listed in Philadelphia Business Journal People on the Move, and he has published an article in the Technology Law Dispatch entitled “More Data Vulnerabilities, Cyber Breaches detected in Healthcare Exchanges.”

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Christina Delgado

Commerce (joined: June 11, 2018)

Special Assistant to the Under Secretary, International Trade Administration | $77,109

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinaddelgado/

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