As Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Bastian is responsible for developing programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the United States' commercial position in the Western Hemisphere. A top priority of Mr. Bastian is opening Latin American markets for U.S. companies so that they can continue innovating and competing to build a stronger American economy.
Mr. Bastian has held a number of assignments related to Latin America at the Department of Commerce including Director of the Office of Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining the Department, Mr. Bastian worked in the corporate trust department of a Washington bank and served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Bastian graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor of arts degree in Foreign Service and received a master's degree from Creighton University in Nebraska. Mr. Bastian has received numerous awards for his work, including the Department’s Silver Medal for his work in designing economic reconstruction programs following hurricanes in Central America and the Caribbean. More recently, Mr. Bastian received the presidential Rank Award, which recognizes his exceptional service to the American people over an extended period of time and his relentless commitment to excellence in public service. This award is the most prestigious recognition afforded to career professionals.