Antwaun Griffin, Fmr Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA)

Antwaun Griffin is a strategic thinker and executive with extensive experience in international trade, government affairs and political operations.

Prior to founding Penn & Broad Partners, Antwaun served as a Presidentially-appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce at the International Trade Administration (ITA). In this role, he oversaw the day-to-day operations of the U.S. Commercial Service’s network of 108 U.S. Export Assistance Centers whose trade specialists work closely with U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide to help American businesses develop or fine-tune their global growth strategies.  Through this work, Antwaun and his team facilitated billions of dollars in export sales annually through trade counseling, international business matchmaking, market intelligence and commercial diplomacy.

He also played a key role in shaping the Obama Administration’s trade promotion and economic policy; helping U.S. businesses increase exports, expand into new markets and compete globally.  He collaborated in the design of and led all U.S. government-wide efforts to implement the President’s National Export Initiative (NEI), leading to over $700 billion in increased exports between 2010 and 2015.   Antwaun also led Department of Commerce and Administration strategic outreach to public and private sector organizations, enhancing awareness of exporting and inward investment as economic development tools.

Prior to joining the ITA, he served as Senior Advisor at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) from 2009 through 2011. In this position, he helped implement the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helping small and medium-sized enterprises weather the “great recession.” While at the SBA, he and his team helped thousands of small businesses secure financing and win government contracts.