Senior Advisor for International Affairs & Acting Director of Congressional Affairs
US Department of Transportation
"Maritime Transportation and the Global Economy: Opportunities and Challenges"
Mr. Padilla provides agency officials with expertise on matters related to legislative affairs, international transportation and trade, national security and foreign policy, global supply chain security, and the global liquid natural gas trade. In doing so, he works with the U.S. Congress, foreign governments, multilateral institutions, and the maritime industry to promote market access, economic growth, and prosperity. He was elected twice as vice chairman of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation’s Maritime Experts Group, led the agency’s International Competition & Global Trends Subcommittee, and is a recognized expert on China’s Belt & Road Initiative.
Mr. Padilla has extensive in-country experience working in developing markets, including Bangladesh, Brazil, India, China, South Africa, and others. In doing so, he partners with stakeholders to promote U.S. exports and a secure supply chain.
Mr. Padilla was a foreign policy advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a maritime advisor in the U.S. Senate. Prior to joining the Maritime Administration, he was appointed to President Obama’s National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and was a supply chain executive for GE Transportation’s freight rail business.
Tony enlisted in the US Navy as a sonar technician and was later commissioned as an officer. He completed tours of duty in Asia, Europe (including NATO), and combat tours the Middle East. He earned a master’s degree in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California Los Angeles.
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