Another Nigerian, Ebong, Joins Biden Cabinet as Director USTDA


By Yemi Akintomide

Ms. Enoh Titilayo Ebong, a Nigerian, has been confirmed by US President Joseph Biden for the position of Director of the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

Since Joe Biden’s appointment in February 2021, Ebong has served as the agency’s Acting Director.

She has previously worked for the agency in a variety of capacities between 2004 and 2019, including as General Counsel, Deputy Director, and Chief Operating Officer.

Ebong is anticipated to lead the agency in engaging with the business sector to construct sustainable infrastructure and stimulate economic growth in her new job.

Ebong was born and raised in Lagos. Ime James Ebong, her father, was a permanent secretary in the Nigerian government.
She worked at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris and Popeo, P.C. in Boston, where she represented public and private companies in initial public offerings, financing transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctorate, a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Biden named Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo as deputy secretary of the Treasury Department in November 2020.

Additionally, he also appointed Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo into his cabinet as White House counsel, as well as Osaremen Okolo as a member of his COVID-19 response team.


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