Nicolette Mena

International Program Specialist

Nicolette Mena is an International Program Specialist with the Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) of the Department of Commerce Office of the General Counsel. Ms. Mena works on CLDP’s Southeast Europe and Caucasus programs, focusing on Georgia and Armenia.

Before joining CLDP, Ms. Mena volunteered as an English teacher in Bogotá, Colombia and studied in Vienna, Austria. Throughout her graduate studies Ms. Mena studied German, worked for the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe working with the Extra-Budgetary Contributions Unit part of the Department of Management and Finance. She also interned at the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialog.

Upon completing her graduate program, Ms. Mena joined the Peace Corps as an Individual and Organizational Development Volunteer serving in Georgia. Ms. Mena spent the majority of her service working to build the capacity of small and medium-sized NGOs in the eastern province of Kakheti. She worked alongside her Georgian counterparts to develop and execute workshops and trainings on grant writing, budget management, and project design and management. Secondary to her work in organizational capacity building, Ms. Mena dedicated herself to working with American Corner Telavi to develop and lead community programs dedicated to women’s empowerment, world history and current events.

Ms. Mena graduated cum laude from California State University Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus in Legal Studies and a minor in International Politics. She graduated summa cum laude from Webster University Vienna with a master’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Security Studies and Migration. Ms. Mena is fluent in Spanish and has a working knowledge of German and Georgian.

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