USMCA at Signing: Implications for Consumers and the Road Ahead for Congress

November 27, 2018 - 1:30 pm

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

 USMCA at Signing:
The Implications for Consumers and the Road Ahead for Congress 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. (EST)

Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. 

After over a year of negotiations, all eyes will soon be on the November 30 signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) in Argentina. The signing is a critical moment to double-down on discussing the fate of new deal given the results of the midterm elections and analyzing its consumer implications. 

What are the immediate and longer term consequences for US and North American consumers? How might businesses adjust to the new deal? With a new Congress in January, what does the road ahead look like for USMCA ratification?    

In partnership with POLITICO, join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and its Global Business and Economics Program on Tuesday, November 27 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm (EST) for a lunch discussion on USMCA just days before its signing. Lunch will be served beginning at 1:00pm.

Location: Atlantic Council Headquarters, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor Washington, DC 20005. 


Ted McKinney
Undersecretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs
US Department of Agriculture

Maria Zieba
 Director of International Affairs
National Pork Producers Council

Stefanie Holland
International Government and Regulatory Affairs Director

Megan Cassella
Trade Reporter

Jason Marczak
Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council 

*Additional Speakers to be Confirmed



Ted McKinney is the current undersecretary of agriculture for trade and foreign agricultural affairs. McKinney was nominated In July 2017 by President Donald Trump. Prior to his appointment, McKinney served as the director of Agriculture in the state of Indiana. McKinney has furthermore, served in the private sector as the director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health and worked 19 years for Dow Agrosciences. McKinney is an active member of the Indiana agriculture community and has held past roles in the Indiana Future Farmers of America and Indiana 4-H Foundations. McKinney specializes in the field of agribusiness, and agricultural economic development, and is a staunch advocate for environmental sustainability and the protection of farmers In February 2018, McKinney led a trade mission to Guatemala accompanied by a delegation of agribusiness and state government leaders. The purpose of such a mission was to expand agricultural market opportunities with farmers from the Northern Triangle region. 


Maria Zieba is director of international affairs for the National Pork Producers Council and helps represent 60,000 U.S. pork producers in Washington, DC. She works on NPPC’s trade policy program, which focuses on opening, maintaining and increasing market access for US pork. Prior to joining NPPC, Ms. Zieba was a trade policy manager for the National Milk Producers Federation and the US Dairy Export Council, where she worked on various non-technical trade issues affecting the dairy industry. Before that, she worked at the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, managing capacity building projects aimed at increasing US agricultural exports to emerging markets. 


Stefanie Holland is the current director of international government and regulatory affairs at the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). As director, Holland is responsible for the development, advocacy, and implementation of CompTIA’s policy positions in regard to international trade and the global digital economy. Holland, furthermore, works with CompTIA member companies to identify and manage a variety of trade issues present in the U.S., India, the UK, and China. Additionally, Holland represents CompTIA members at multilateral and international institutions. Prior to her current position, Holland served as a member of the Industry, Trade, and Advisory Committee in digital economy for the US Department of Commerce. Holland also has experience as an executive committee member for the United States Information Technology Office (USITO).


Megan Cassella is currently a trade reporter for POLITICO Pro. Since joining the trade team in June 2016, Megan has served as a co-author of Morning Trade and reported breaking news and enterprise pieces everywhere from Buenos Aires to Mexico City to Waterloo, Illinois. Before joining POLITICO, Megan worked for Reuters based out of Washington, covering the economy, domestic politics and the 2016 presidential campaign. It was in that role that she first began covering trade, including Donald Trump’s rise as the populist candidate vowing to renegotiate NAFTA and Hillary Clinton’s careful sidestep of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A D.C.-area native, Megan headed south for a few years to earn her bachelor’s degree in business journalism and international politics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Now settled back inside the Beltway, Megan’s on the hunt for the city’s best Carolina BBQ — and still rooting for the Heels.


Jason Marczak is director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. He joined the Council in October 2013 to launch the center. Marczak has nearly twenty years of expertise in Latin American policy leadership and was previously director of policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas and co-founder of Americas Quarterly magazine. At the Atlantic Council, he leads work on initiatives across the region and recently directed a four-country task force on Central America’s Northern Triangle and co-directed a similar effort on Colombia. His latest publication is Latin America and the Caribbean 2030: Future Scenarios, published jointly with the Inter-American Development Bank. Marczak is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. His background also includes leadership of civil society engagement at Partners of the Americas as well as positions at the National Endowment for Democracy and in the office of then-Representative Sam Farr (CA).