President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that a UCLA graduate who worked at the Directors Guild of America as his choice to serve as the nation’s first director of the Made in America program to compel federal contractors to purchase more products manufactured in the United States.

Celeste Drake joins the administration from the DGA, where she served as the executive in charge of government affairs, advocating for the economic and creative interests of the labor union’s more than 18,000 members.

Made in America is part of the Office of Management and Budget. The goal of the plan is to make American companies and workers more competitive by eliminating incentives to offshore investment, substantially reducing profit shifting, countering tax competition on corporate rates, and providing tax preferences for clean energy production.

Prior to joining the DGA, Drake served as the trade and globalization policy specialist for the AFL-CIO, where she played an instrumental role in shaping U.S. trade policy to promote inclusive growth for working American families and the manufacturing sector, according to the White House.

Drake has led efforts to reform the labor rules in the NAFTA/USMCA, to convince the U.S. government to address labor rights violations in Bangladesh, Thailand, Fiji and Georgia, and to reform the process by which Congress oversees and approves trade agreements to protect American jobs.

Drake began her policy career on Capitol Hill as legislative director for Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Norwalk, and a legislative counsel for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas. A former high school economics and history teacher, Drake has a law degree, a masters in public policy, and an undergraduate degree from UCLA.

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