Deputy Director (Acting)
Todd Abrajano serves as the Acting Deputy Director and chief operating officer of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which helps U.S. businesses create jobs through the export of their goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. companies to global export opportunities by providing early project preparation assistance that matches U.S. technological expertise with overseas infrastructure development needs – creating lasting business partnerships between the United States and emerging market economies. Mr. Abrajano oversees and manages the staff responsible for operations of the Agency.
Mr. Abrajano also serves as Senior Advisor to the Director of USTDA, advising the Director on administration policy and providing strategic insight for the Agency’s portfolio of programmatic activities across the globe.
Before joining USTDA, Mr. Abrajano served as the Director of the Office of White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, he supported Secretary Wilbur Ross and other senior-level Commerce officials on policy and operational matters, and worked with the White House Presidential Personnel Office to coordinate the hiring of political appointees throughout the Department. In May 2017, Mr. Abrajano co-chaired the U.S. delegation, along with the Acting Under Secretary for International Trade, at the 15th Plenary of the U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue in Brasilia, Brazil.
Prior to joining the Trump Administration, Mr. Abrajano served as President of Turning Point Public Affairs which he founded in 2010. Through Turning Point, he focused on assisting corporate, non-profit, and political clients with legislative and regulatory grassroots advocacy and their strategic, communications and government relations needs. During the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign, Turning Point was retained by the Donald J. Trump for President campaign for which Mr. Abrajano served as the Missouri Communications Director.
Before founding Turning Point, Mr. Abrajano spent three years as a Vice President at VOX Global, a Washington D.C.-based international public affairs firm, where he directed multi-state grassroots programs for a Fortune 10 client. Prior to joining VOX Global, Mr. Abrajano spent a year and a half at Fleishman-Hillard’s world headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, providing public affairs counseling to Fortune 500 clients in the energy, financial services, and telecommunications industries. While at Fleishman, he was a key member of the team that was awarded PR Week’s 2009 Public Affairs Campaign of the Year award after a successful, multi-year campaign.
Mr. Abrajano received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Yale College.