Erin Butler is the Director of U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans, part of the worldwide network of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Erin leads a team of international trade specialists who help Louisiana companies sell their products and services globally. Erin returned to the Commerce Department in 2016 after seven years in the private sector. Most recently she was Director of Sales, U.S. for the international maritime company Nautisk. Previously she worked for FedEx as their Senior International Account Executive for the Gulf Coast. During her first tenure with the federal government, Erin was a Foreign Commercial Service Officer serving at U.S. embassies overseas; she also worked in Washington, D.C. doing media relations and client relationship management. She has travelled extensively and worked in Europe, the Middle East, and West Africa. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the George Washington University, and a BA in English and Russian from the University of Florida.