KARA ALLISON SUTTON

 kasutton88@gmail.com  70 I Street SE APT 532, DC 20003  859-699-2512  http://www.kasutton.me Highly motivated, enterprising individual with legislative and international relations experience in both the U.S. and Europe.

WORK EXPERIENCE
The Bertelsmann Foundation North America, Legislative Relations Project Manager August – Present in Washington, D.C.  Serve as the Bertelsmann Foundation’s principle liaison to Congress and the European Parliament (EP).  Oversee the Congressional European Parliament Initiative (CEPI), which aims to facilitate better policy cooperation and bestpractice exchanges between Congress and the EP. The program includes a briefing series, the CapitolWire and EuroWire publications and staff delegations. Manage all grant funding and reporting in relation to the CEPI program.  Manage trans-Atlantic and legislative-focused events including preparation of policy substance and organizational issues.  Research and track current legislative issues in both Congress and the EP, particularly issues with a trans-Atlantic dimension. U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, Graduate Research Intern June – August 2012 in Washington, D.C.  Assist in research and preparation for committee hearings, meetings, mark-ups and executive sessions.  Edit and research trade statistics and economic data for Congressional memos, briefs, bills and speeches.  Assisting in writing the 2012 Overview and Compilation of U.S. Trade Statutes.  Completed research reports dealing with Burma sanctions, Russian accession to the WTO, and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill British Government Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Trade Policy Intern September - December 2011 in London, United Kingdom  Team leader for EU-US trade issues. Established British trade priorities for the EU-US Summit and TEC agenda.  Wrote policy briefs and speaking notes for high-level British officials. Wrote weekly reports and speeches for EU Trade Policy Committee meetings on priorities for enhancing EU-US trade relations.  Coordinated with trade associations and multinational corporations to address market access challenges facing EU and US industry globally. Managed meetings and attended events with industry representatives.  Researched EU and US economic and policy developments. Evaluated how changes would affect relationship. Southern United States Trade Association, International Trade and Marketing Coordinator May - August 2011 in Frankfort, Kentucky  Managed budget and all travel logistics of trade events for prospective international buyers. Recruited companies and international buyers to participate in trade events.  Created marketing publications for international circulation promoting Kentucky agricultural commodities.  Conducted education and outreach marketing activities to assist Southern agricultural commodity exporters.  Utilized economic and trade data to research market access issues. Assisted companies in overcoming market access issues. Sought and followed up on trade leads to increase agricultural exports. Senator Mitch McConnell, Legislative Intern June - August 2009 in Washington, D.C.  Wrote memos and briefs summarizing Congressional hearings and events.  Tracked legislation and analyzed how legislative developments would affect Kentucky citizens and business.  Performed typical administrative duties, used IQ, organized Senator’s calendar and conducted Capitol tours.  Listened and responded to constituent demands through written and oral communication.

EDUCATION
University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce Masters in International Commerce and Diplomacy Patterson Scholarship; University of Kentucky Graduate Scholarship London School of Economics and Political Science Public Policy Coursework, 2011 Autumn Hansard Society Programme Research Scholar Dissertation on the G20’s Response to Increasing Protectionism Since the Great Financial Crisis Lexington, Kentucky Graduated May 2012 London, England Autumn Term 2011

University of Kentucky Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with Philosophy Minor Lexington, Kentucky Bachelor of Arts in Economics with International Studies Minor Graduated May 2010 Summa Cum Laude, 4.0/4.0 GPA; Graduated with Honors Awards and Achievements: 2010 Student Commencement Speaker; 2010 Singletary Outstanding Senior Award; 2010 Outstanding Senior in Political Science; 2010 Outstanding Paper in Political Science Summer Course 2008: Florence, Italy at Lorenzo De’Medici studying Italian Government and Philosophy

Summer Advanced Spanish Course 2010 at EF School in Tamarindo, Costa Rica