Sarah Kemp serves as the deputy undersecretary for International Trade in the U.S. Department of Commerce. In this role, she oversees the daily operations of the International Trade Administration, which has an annual budget of $483 million with approximately 2,100 trade and investment professionals — based in more than 100 U.S. cities and 70 markets around the world.
Previously, Kemp served as the deputy director general of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. In that role, she served as the chief operating officer of the U.S. government’s premier export promotion agency, managing its domestic and overseas trade offices.
Before that assignment, Kemp was the minister counselor for commercial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, overseeing the U.S. Department of Commerce’s trade promotion and trade policy activities in its operations in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenyang and Wuhan.
Kemp joined the Department of Commerce in 1992 as a presidential management Intern, and during her tenure in D.C. helped draft the first National Export Strategy and focused on U.S.-ASEAN trade promotion and policy.