Kale Bryan

International Program Specialist

Kale Bryan is an International Program Specialist with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP), a division of the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Bryan supports the implementation of projects that promote regional trade facilitation, textile industry development, and small business growth in Latin America.

Before joining CLDP, Mr. Bryan served in international development with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and the U.S. Peace Corps. On the Economic Empowerment Team of the IRC in Seattle, WA, he created monitoring and evaluation tools for capacity-building trainings to assist in determining the efficacy of financial literacy programs for recently relocated refugees. During his 2 years of service in Senegal with the U.S. Peace Corps, Mr. Bryan worked as a Business Advisor, coordinating with local youth associations, government officials, and NGOs to organize trainings in youth entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and community savings methods. He also co-directed a variety of programs to improve health education, household economic security, and academic empowerment for young women.

Mr. Bryan received a BA in Economics and French as well as a minor in Art History from the University of Washington, Seattle, where he also studied abroad in Italy and France. He speaks French, Spanish, and Pulaar (or, Fula).

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