John Cooney became the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Services on April 15, 2019. He also serves as the Chief of Staff for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Chief of Staff, he is responsible for directing support to the Under Secretary for International Trade in administering overall operations of the bureau. Prior to becoming Chief of Staff in August of 2017, John joined the International Trade Administration as a Senior Advisor.Before joining the U.S Department of Commerce, John served in senior roles for U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) and retired U.S. Representative Jim Ramstad (MN-3).
A native Midwesterner, John started his professional career at the Minnesota Legislature focused on small business tax and education policies. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Political Science where he was also a Policy Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.