Aaron is a recognized expert on foreign direct investment (FDI) attraction, with 20 years of experience building and leading investment and trade programs in government and the private sector. As Senior Vice President for Strategy & Development, Aaron is responsible for efforts to forge new relationships with global companies, the embassy community and strategic partners around the world.
Prior to joining OFII, Aaron was the founding Deputy Executive Director of SelectUSA, a global agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce charged with promoting and facilitating FDI in the United States. During that tenure, Aaron helped secure the agency’s first-ever Congressional budget appropriation, led program strategy and operations – reporting to Commerce leadership and the White House, advised hundreds of cities and states on best practices, and acted as ombudsman for companies encountering federal policy or regulatory problems. Aaron regularly speaks to audiences and the media about FDI and international economic development. His work has taken him to more than 60 countries.
Aaron holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from American University. He has also studied economic growth at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and e-commerce at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.