Angela Arza

Management and Program Analyst

Angela Arza is a Management and Program Analyst in the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. CLDP provides training and consultative services to countries in economic transition. Mrs. Arza received her bachelor’s degree in Bioanalysis in the Dominican Republic, her country of origin.

Prior to joining CLDP, Mrs. Arza was the Executive Assistant for the Deputy General Counsel and later the Under Secretary for Economic Statistic Administration in the Department of Commerce.

From 2010 to 2015, Mrs. Arza lived in Rome, Italy, becoming fluent in Italian, her third language, and performed administrative duties for all three U.S. diplomatic missions. Initially providing administrative support to the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. Embassy to Italy; then she was employed by the State Department, assisting the U.S. Mission to the United Nations Agencies in Rome performing administrative duties at the mission’s front office; finally Mrs. Arza provided direct support to the front office for the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) and the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Mrs. Arza had a ten-year career from 2000-2010 as an elementary school Spanish teacher for grades K-6th.

Angela is a very active outdoor person who enjoys walking, tennis and spending time with her family. Mrs. Arza, along with her husband, is the proud mother of four children.

Upcoming Programs

August 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Throughout the quarter, CLDP engaged with numerous experts to prepare and record eight separate sessions on trade topics, specifically designed for Afghanistan’s approximately 25 Commercial Attachés posted throughout the world. In May 2018, CLDP spent one week training the same group of Attachés in a comprehensive course designed for them prior to their departure. This updated training course is intended to provide more advanced training on relevant topics now that the Attachés have been serving in their posts for more than two years.  The topics for these presentations were identified based on consultations with the Attachés and relevant stakeholders in the last quarter. Topics include drafting international contracts, attracting foreign direct investment, negotiation strategies, and two sessions on working trade shows. The series of pre-recorded virtual presentations, including translated copies of the presentations, will be delivered on a rolling basis to the Attachés. In addition, future topics will be recorded and shared with the participants. These virtual recordings will be saved in an online repository, which will be available for any interested party to view, including the private sector. 

March 15, 2021 - May 24, 2021

CLDP in close collaboration with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) trained Bahrain Innovation and Technology Center (BITC) staff regarding filing patents in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council).  This program was part of a CLDP/USPTO collaboration to conduct over 40 hours of intellectual property training for the BITC.  The program included training on how to obtain patents and copyrights in the US as well as other jurisdictions.  

CLDP in Action

February 24, 2021 - February 25, 2021

On February 24-25, CLDP conducted a workshop on FIDIC contracts for a delegation of Sri Lankan officials from the Attorney General’s office.

Read More about Sri Lanka: FIDIC Contracts Workshop