CRAIG ALLEN Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
Craig Allen has worked for the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration since 1985. He entered government as a Presidential Management Intern and, in this capacity, rotated through the four branches of the ITA. From 1986 to 1988, he worked as an International Economist in the ITA China Office.
n 2002, Craig and his family moved to Beijing for a three year tour as the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Mission to China. In this position, Craig managed the entire complement of 126 DOC staff in China from multiple DOC agencies. In Beijing, Craig was promoted to the Minister Counselor rank of the Senior Foreign Service.
Craig received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Political Science and Asian Studies in 1979. He received a Masters of Science for the Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1985. While at Georgetown, Craig worked for the U.S. Congress on issues associated with technology transfer to China.
In total, Craig has lived in Asia for 27 years, including 16 years in Japan and approximately 11 years in China or Taiwan. His most recent language scores were 3+/4 in Japanese and 4/4 in Mandarin Chinese.