Tom Donovan is the Director of Global Trade Management at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Falls Church, Virginia where he is responsible for developing, managing, and overseeing a robust global trade compliance and licensing program for the company. He is responsible for the development and implementation of trade compliance policies and procedures, oversees the development and execution of export related training, and ensures implementation of effective assessment and monitoring methods.
Mr. Donovan serves as the President on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Affairs, and he has served on the Board of Directors since 2012.
Dave Allman has worked on export control matters for well over a decade, most notably as the Director of International Trade Compliance (ITC) and Legislative Affairs at an aerospace and defense company, where he managed and directed the company's ITC program. That company's ITC program, which Mr. Allman developed, addressed every regulatory regime governing international trade, including ITAR, EAR, Customs, OFAC, Anti-Boycott, BATFE, the FCPA, and relevant host-nation Anti-Corruption policies. On numerous occasions he navigated the congressional notification process for exports exceeding the thresholds under the AECA. Mr. Allman was also a lead investigator for another aerospace and defense company under a consent agreement investigating potential violations of export controls. Prior to that, he served in the military with multiple tours in the Middle East, including Afghanistan and Iraq.
Candace Goforth is the Managing Director of Goforth Trade Advisors where she provides clients with strategic and practical solutions on defense trade and export control matters. A subject matter expert on the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), Ms. Goforth has advised hundreds of clients by providing proactive insight. Additionally, she is currently a member of the Defense Trade Advisory Group (DTAG) that provides private sector insight to the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
Prior to establishing GTA in 2013, Ms. Goforth served as the Policy Director in the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls at the U.S. Department of State, which is the authority for interpretation and implementation of the ITAR. As Director, Candace administered the Department of State’s implementation of President Obama’s Export Control Reform initiative and was intimately involved in the revision of the U.S. Munitions List and the Commerce Control List. Candace was also a key contributor in the drafting of the specially designed definition and the formulation of the transition plan.
Joshua Richter is the Senior Director of Global Trade Compliance & Operations at Leonardo DRS, Inc. In this role, Josh manages operations for eight trade professionals across the business units and provides direct support to their localized operations. Josh also provides complementary support to the DRS compliance team with training, reviewing compliance matters, supporting audits and assessments, Customs compliance, and monitoring the trade governance structure. He has developed his skills and experiences spanning 20+ years in export licensing, jurisdiction & classification analysis, compliance, trade governance, automation, Customs, imports, security, Consent Agreements, and training. He has previously held positions within the corporate and operational business units of small, medium, and large aerospace and defense companies such as Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and Orbital; and additionally gained valuable experience while consulting with Deloitte Tax LLC. Josh resides in Arlington, VA with his spouse and two pets; and enjoys traveling the globe in his free time.
Jahna Hartwig is senior counsel at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Hartwig has over 20 years of experience advising clients on international trade compliance issues as both in-house and outside counsel. She has counseled and implemented international trade compliance programs at companies in various industries, including aerospace, defense, high tech, consulting, and academia. Ms. Hartwig has also advised clients on the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and the National Industrial Security Policy Operating Manual (NISPOM). Jahna clerked for the Honorable Thomas J. Aquilino, Jr. at the U.S. Court of International Trade. She also has been a member of the U.S. State Department’s Defense Trade Advisory Group.
Katherine Heubert focuses her practice on U.S. export and import controls, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). She counsels many sectors of industry on export control policy, licensing, technology release issues, economic and trade sanctions and embargoes, and anti-boycott matters. Ms. Heubert has extensive experience with all aspects of Directorate of Defense Trade Control licensing, Technical Assistance Agreements, Manufacturing License Agreements, Warehouse Distribution Agreements, retransfer requests, commodity jurisdiction requests, Advisory Opinions, General Correspondence, as well as Department of Commerce export licenses and commodity classification requests (CCATS).
Ms. Heubert also helps clients navigate complex compliance matters involving U.S. economic and trade sanctions administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Ms. Heubert works closely with clients, providing guidance in making jurisdictional and classification determinations; designing and implementing internal compliance programs; preparing and presenting training programs; conducting internal audits; investigating and drafting voluntary and directed disclosures; and complying with trade sanctions and embargoes.
Samantha Johnson is an Export & Trade Compliance Manager at AIRBUS U.S. Space & Defense, Inc. in Arlington, VA. Ms. Johnson joined the company in 2021 and manages the day to day export/import licensing and compliance activities for the Space Systems line of business.
Ms. Johnson previously was an Import/Export Licensing Officer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California where she provided cradle to grave trade compliance support to the Europa Clipper and Psyche missions while helping modernize trade compliance IT systems.
Prior to joining JPL, Ms. Johnson held a variety of International Trade Compliance and Contract Management roles with various companies in the automotive and aerospace industries, including Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and Navistar International Corporation.
Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Hawaii Pacific University.
Julia Mason's first “desk job” was for a start-up defense contractor developing the purchasing department (R&D, LR Proto-type, Full Build, GFE), developing policy and procedures to obtain ISO certification and building the Business Development group, one day her mentor said they were breaking into the International Market, and that change the trajectory of her career. Over the years Ms. Mason has developed experience in developing and deploying export training for E-suite, function specific personnel and Empowered Officials. Her background in sourcing and business development at ICI (a subsidiary of Elbit Systems) gives her a solid understanding of the needs of these teams and allows her to be "the" strategic partner for winning long term partnerships with internal and external customers and vendors. Ms. Mason's time at Raytheon Technologies and ATK (Orbital ATK > Northrup) enabled her to use her knowledge of the cradle to grave product and program development of a wide range of commodities and programs provides her an advantage when assisting business partners in developing strategic licensing plans within the regulations. Having analyzed over 200 regulatory issues gives her solid insight on supporting businesses regarding voluntary disclosures and helping to develop attainable and substantive corrective actions and executing the actions for the desirable results.
Tamara Overton is the Senior Manager, International Trade Compliance at Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems in Orlando, Florida. Tamara has thirty (30) years of experience in regulatory compliance, legal and ethics (with the last fifteen years in International Trade Compliance).
As an Empowered Official and Compliance Manager, Ms. Overton's skills and experience include: conducting and supporting internal audits to assess compliance with applicable laws, regulations and internal policies; investigating potential regulatory violations and drafting Voluntary Disclosures; providing guidance and solutions to complex licensing scenarios and technology release issues; drafting and submitting export licenses and technical assistance agreements; developing and delivering export compliance training; and drafting and implementing policies and procedures.
Prior to joining the International Trade Compliance team, Ms. Overton's roles with Lockheed Martin Corporation included serving as an Ethics Officer and Paralegal. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin Corporation she worked as a paralegal for Siemens and a private law firm.
Ms. Overton has a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida and speaks, reads, and writes conversational Dutch. She is the recipient of the 2015 Lockheed Martin International Trade Compliance Excellence Award for demonstrating exceptional leadership, integrity and making substantial contributions to trade compliance, and the 2020 SIA Joyce Poetzl Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award.