Alexa Cole was named the Director of the Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce in November 2019. Ms. Cole leads the office’s work to ensure sound management of global marine resources. In her role, she promotes international engagement and cooperation to achieve effective, responsible marine stewardship and ensure sustainable fisheries management on a global scale; and oversees the office’s seafood inspection services, which support seafood safety. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of the Enforcement Section of NOAA General Counsel since 2012. She also previously served as the Senior Enforcement Attorney for the Pacific Islands Region in Honolulu and as an Enforcement Attorney in the Headquarters office in the Section. Prior to joining NOAA, Alexa was an Associate for a firm in Washington, DC. Alexa received a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from McGill University, a J.D. from Vermont Law School, and a Masters degree in International Public Policy at The Johns Hopkins University, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.