President Biden announced this week that Celeste Drake will serve as the first-ever director of the newly created Made in America Office at the White House.

President Biden established the Made in America Office in an executive order on January 25. The office sits within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and works to invest more Federal funding into U.S. producers and manufacturers.

“As the nation’s first Made in America director, Celeste Drake will shape and implement Federal procurement and financial management policy to help carry out the president’s vision of a future made in all of America by all of America’s workers – including minority entrepreneurs and small businesses in every region in our country,” the White House said in a statement.

Previously, Drake served as the executive in charge of government affairs at the Directors Guild of America. She also served as the trade and globalization policy specialist for the AFL-CIO.

“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,” the White House said.

“Celeste is a brilliant, critical thinker on trade and global issues who throughout her career has fought for policies that benefit America’s working families,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a tweet. “She is the perfect person to lead Made-in-America for the Biden-Harris administration.”

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Grace Dille is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.