Samuel R. Kwon Appointed USTDA General Counsel

Arlington, VA – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has appointed Samuel R. Kwon as its General Counsel. Sam will oversee all legal matters relating to the Agency’s mission of developing sustainable, clean infrastructure in emerging economies while supporting U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services to the projects it supports.

“Sam brings an incredible depth of talent and experience to USTDA,” said Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally (ret.), USTDA’s Acting Director. “His expertise in project development and finance has led to the implementation of major infrastructure projects in emerging markets all across the globe. He is a true leader in the field.”

“USTDA has a mission unlike any other U.S. government agency,” said Sam. “Its toolkit of project preparation and partnership-building activities is particularly vital to the needs of emerging markets that want high-quality, U.S.-sourced infrastructure solutions. I’m excited to contribute to the Agency’s success.”

Sam brings 23 years of legal experience to the Agency, including 13 years in a variety of roles at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Most recently at MCC, he served as the Practice Lead/Senior Director for Energy, leading the development and implementation of energy infrastructure projects in numerous developing countries. Previously, Sam served as Counsel at global law firm Chadbourne & Parke, LLP (now Norton Rose Fulbright LLP). In this role, he represented developers and financing parties in the development and project financing of energy and transportation projects in the United States, Africa, Latin America, Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Sam earned his Master of Laws and Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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