Américo Tadeu

Américo Tadeu ("Mack")
Managing Director of the Advocacy Center
U.S. Department of Commerce

Washington DC - USA

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Mack Tadeu is Managing Director of the Advocacy Center at the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Advocacy Center combines business and foreign policy to allow U.S. business to compete fairly in foreign government tenders. The Center orchestrates an inter-agency group of senior U.S. Government executives to communicate a message to foreign governments or government-owned corporations on behalf of U.S. commercial interests. In 2012, a total of $25.4 billion worth of U.S. exports were attributable to U.S. Government advocacy.

Previously, he served as the Director of Business Liaison to the U.S. Executive Director to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB.) His mandate is to assist U.S. companies to identify opportunities in doing business with the IDB. Prior to Washington, he served as the Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago, Chile. Principal responsibilities included: sponsoring trade exhibitions, organizing individual company and group commercial missions, preparing market research reports, reporting investment and trade opportunities for U.S. exports and investment, and advocating on behalf of U.S. companies. Of particular note, his office identified new market and investment opportunities for U.S. companies under the Free Trade Agreement between the U.S. and Chile. He served from 1999-2002, as Acting Regional Director for the East Asia Pacific region of the US Commercial Service (CS) in Washington, DC. As the Regional Director, he supervised the work of commercial officers and their staffs in the 13 most commercially dynamic countries in that region, such as, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He also served as the Senior Advisor of the Career Development and Assignments Division. As Senior Advisor promoted, recruited, assessed, counseled and assigned commercial officers to onward assignments among the 200+ domestic and international CS offices.

Mr. Tadeu served as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer for the U.S. Commercial Service, at the U.S. Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil from 1995-1999. He was in charge of administration and governmental commercial relations for four commercial offices in country. Prior to arriving to Brazil, Mack was the Senior Commercial Officer in Panama for two years and Principal Commercial Officer for two and one half years at the Consulate General in Guadalajara, Mexico. His tenure in Mexico fell during the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Mr. Tadeu earned an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at The American University, Washington, DC. His academic concentrations were International Business and Latin American Studies. Further, he earned a BA from Drew University, located in Madison, New Jersey. His majors were Political Science and Spanish Literature.

Mr. Tadeu speaks Spanish and Portuguese fluently. He is a native of Danbury, Connecticut, is married, has three children and resides in Bethesda, Maryland.