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Senior Trade Advisor Maria Luisa Boyce, Office of Trade Relations

Maria Luisa Boyce serves as U.S. Custom and Border Protection’s (CBP) Senior Advisor to the Commissioner for Trade and Private Sector Engagement and Director for the Office of Trade Relations. Mrs. Boyce assumed this role, after serving as the Assistant Commissioner for CBP's Office of Public Affairs.

In this role, Mrs. Boyce advises CBP Commissioner and senior leadership of the impact of the agency's policies and regulations on the private sector.  She is also responsible for the trade outreach strategy for the agency, assisting to increase compliance rate and improve communications with the private sector.  Mrs. Boyce manages the Advisory Committee of Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection (COAC) leading the interaction between COAC and CPB’s Senior Staff.

Mrs. Boyce is also the SBA Ombudsman for CBP and as such serves as the Regulatory Fairness Representative for the agency and is responsible for performing as the link between the international trading community and senior CBP managers.

Before joining the federal government, Mrs. Boyce served as President of the Border Trade Alliance, a Phoenix-based organization that represents 2 million stakeholders involved in border and trade issues in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

During her career at the Border Trade Alliance, Mrs. Boyce helped developed and advocate for key border policy topics impacting the US-Mexico and US-Canada borders.  Policy topics included trade, travel, infrastructure, border security, and quality of life issues for border communities.

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, Mrs. Boyce is fluent in Spanish and is conversational in French. She received her bachelor's degree in finance and international relations from the Universidad Externado de Colombia.  She also received certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government for completing the Strategic Management for Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies Executive Course.