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Dinah McDougall

Senior Commercial Officer, South Texas Regional Office, U.S. Commercial Service

Ms. Dinah McDougall is a Commercial Officer with the U.S. Commercial Service San Antonio office since January 2024, serving the Texas Hill Country area.  She previously served as the Senior Commercial Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago Chile (2020-2023), and as a Commercial Officer in New Delhi, India (2016-2020), Moscow, Russia (2013-2016), Mexico City, Mexico (2009-2012) and Brasilia, Brazil (2005-2007).  She was also assigned as the Director of the U.S. Export Assistance Center in McAllen, Texas (2007-2009), where she contributed to the U.S.-Mexico Border Initiative.

Ms. McDougall has served with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration since 1998.  Prior to entering the U.S. Commercial Service, she served as the Desk Officer for Chile and Brazil, working on bilateral and multilateral trade policy issues.  She helped negotiate the market access and rules of origin chapters of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, and counseled U.S. industry on the provisions regarding origin requirements, tariff schedules and other benefits.  In 2003, she served a temporary assignment with the Office of the United States Trade Representative to assist in the ratification and implementation of the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement.

Ms. McDougall is fluent in Spanish and hails from Kerrville, Texas.  She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and she served a Fulbright fellowship in Mexico City (1997-98).  She lives in Boerne with her daughter, who is in elementary school.