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Ellen Szymanski is executive director of international policy for the Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Concentrating on China and the Americas, Szymanski’s work at GIPC is dedicated to advancing intellectual property systems to incentivize creations and breakthroughs that benefit the global consumer.
Before joining the Chamber, Szymanski worked for eight years in the Office of China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she managed U.S.-China trade policy development, negotiation, and implementation. She represented the Commerce Department on intellectual property matters, designed cutting-edge business advisory programs for companies, and engaged in government dialogues on IP-related matters.
Szymanski is also a graduate of the Executive Development Leadership Program at the Department of Commerce and served at SelectUSA, a federal program promoting inbound investment, and the Smithsonian Freer Sackler Galleries.
Previously, Szymanski practiced law at Graham and Dunn in Seattle and served as general counsel at Gene Juarez Salons and Spas.
Szymanski earned a law degree and master’s of Asian studies from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree from Boston University. She and her husband live in Northern Virginia with their three sons.