Date: Session 2: Wednesday, February 6, 2019 10:30 AM
Location: Sinclair Conference Center
John Drake - Executive Director, Supply Chain Policy - U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John Drake is executive director for supply chain policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Drake oversees the development and implementation of the Chamber’s supply chain policy priorities and represents the Chamber before Congress, the administration, the business community, and other stakeholders.
Drake coordinates with Chamber member companies and the business community to educate policymakers in Congress, the federal government, and the international community on the challenges and opportunities facing ports of entry and global supply chains. He also leads the Chamber’s Supply Chain Security Working Group, a group of companies and associations promoting the modernization of global supply chains and cross-border trade, through trade facilitation, enhanced shipping and logistics, improved transportation security, and the support of emerging technologies.
Drake comes to the Chamber from Amazon, where he was a senior manager for public policy. He coordinated segments of Amazon’s business with regulators at the Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Congress.
Prior to Amazon, Drake was a senior appointee at the Department of Transportation. There he led the government affairs office of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, served as a deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy, and was deputy administrator to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. He also spent nearly 10 years on Capitol Hill, including as a professional staff member to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. In addition, he was the American Trucking Associations’ top representative to the Senate.
Drake holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two children.