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Stewart Barber Young


Stewart Barber Young most recently served as Special Assistant to the President and Director of International Initiatives and Outreach for the Office of Economic Initiatives and Entrepreneurship (OEI) at the White House.

During her time at the White House, Stewart led the development and implementation of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, the first-ever whole of government approach to economically empowering 50 million women globally by 2025. In the first two years, W-GDP reached over 24 million women, secured the allocation of $500 million for an innovative new W-GDP Fund at USAID, and secured the introduction of bicameral and bipartisan authorizing legislation. Furthermore, she had the unique opportunity to work drive a wide range of priority policy issues for OEI including digital inclusivity, trade, women’s economic empowerment, financial services, technology and innovation, anti-trafficking efforts, and small business.

She previously served in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) as Deputy Assistant USTR for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement. Stewart’s deep bipartisan relationships and understanding of coalition building helped spearhead USTR’s stakeholder and intergovernmental engagement efforts surrounding high profile trade initiatives such as the successful negotiation of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) and USTR’s foundational engagement leading to the historic Phase One Trade Agreement with China.

Prior to coming to USTR, Stewart spent four years with Corley Consulting, where she rose to Vice President of the firm and served as the Executive Director of a broad industry stakeholder coalition group. With Corley Consulting she advised clients on strategic engagement with Capitol Hill and the Executive Branch on issues as diverse as health care, technology, immigration, transportation, defense, water and appropriations.

Stewart began her career in public policy in the office of former Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss where she gained experience in policy and legislative strategy on an array of issues including transportation, judiciary, budget, tax and health care. Stewart has appeared numerous times as a speaker and panelist to discuss the ever-changing landscape in Washington and to share her insights regarding successful navigation of Capitol Hill politics.

Originally from Atlanta, Stewart attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina graduating with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Government.