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Sarah J. Heidema

U.S. Department of State
Division Chief, Regulatory and Multilateral Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Sarah Heidema is the Chief of the Regional and Multilateral Affairs division in the Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.  As such, she helps lead the Department of State office charged with implementing the President’s Export Control Reform initiative and developing and implementing changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  Her portfolio also includes overseeing the development of regional and country-based export control policy and supporting the development of policy pertaining to the controls on specific defense articles and services.     

Before joining the Department of State in 2009, Ms. Heidema worked at the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security for five years.  She served in a variety of positions throughout the Bureau’s Export Administration unit, and finally as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security. 

Ms. Heidema received a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

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