Governor Newsom Redesignates Lt. Governor Kounalakis as International Affairs and Trade Representative


Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order redesignating Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis as his top representative to advance California’s economic interests abroad. Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, a former U.S. Ambassador, has served as the Governor’s International Affairs and Trade Development Representative since 2019.  “With our strong, diverse economy and rich global ties, California’s leadership on climate change, innovation, and commitment to democratic values reaches far beyond our borders,” said Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis. “I am honored to continue representing California on the global stage as we further strengthen our international partnerships, advance our economic interests, equitably serve all Californians, and meet the climate crisis.”

View Governor Newsom’s Press Release and Executive Order.