The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has named Andrea Richter as senior advisor to the secretary of commerce for international engagement, supporting the state’s foreign affairs and global economic outreach efforts. She previously held the role of advance lead to President Barack Obama at the White House, where she led teams to prepare the logistical, security and communications aspects for his foreign and domestic travel.

Richter began her government career at the U.S. Department of State in 2009 and honed an expertise in economic statecraft and international summit development. While holding the role of chief of staff of the Bureau of Energy Resources within the Department, she shaped foreign policy engagement at the critical nexus of energy and national security.

Richter completed her B.A. in Political Science, Global Studies and German at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and received her M.A. in European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.  She is a founding board member of Ready to Run Indiana.