Agency Description: The U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA) is the federal government’s front-line trade agency, promoting both U.S. exports and foreign investment into the U.S., and protecting U.S. commercial interests abroad. ITA has operations of 108 domestic offices and 120 offices located in the Embassies and Consulates overseas.
Experience Summary: Mark is the Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce office in Indiana. He coordinates Indiana’s export trade promotion activities. He is responsible for developing and enhancing relationships with industry, local, state, and federal representatives, and provides trade advice, and counsel to Indiana businesses. Mr. Cooper has been an active part of the Indiana international business community for the last 25 years. Before coming to the Indianapolis office, Mr. Cooper worked for two years in the Office of Microelectronics, Medical Equipment, and Instrumentation, for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. His duties included analysis of health care industry trends, development of policies promoting the global competitiveness of the U.S. medical device industry. Mr. Cooper has participated in trade promotional activities in Europe, Egypt, Singapore, Vietnam, India, South Africa, Peru, and Russia. Prior to his work as an industry specialist Mr. Cooper worked in the Office of International Operations for Asia and the Pacific, where he coordinated and planned Secretarial Missions to Indonesia, India, and the Middle East. Mr. Cooper holds a master’s degree from Indiana University in Comparative and International Affairs. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in Theology and Public Administration