Thomas R. Hardy, Director for Congressional Affairs and Public Relations
Thomas R. Hardy is the Director for Congressional Affairs and Public Relations at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). As a member of Director Leocadia Zak's senior management team, Mr. Hardy oversees the agency's outreach to Capitol Hill, the business community and press to amplify the success USTDA achieves through its commercially oriented foreign assistance program. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Hardy served as the Chief of Staff of USTDA. Since his arrival at USTDA in 2001, he has also served as the Country Manager for China, the Agency's largest program, and West Africa where he brought a trade policy background that led to a more active program in support of the African Growth and Opportunity Act.
Prior to joining USTDA, Mr. Hardy served as an advisor to Commissioner Thelma J. Askey at the U.S. International Trade Commission.
After attending California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo, Mr. Hardy worked at the Trade Subcommittee of the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he assisted in the development of trade legislation.