Alison Kiehl Friedman is Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She was appointed to this position in September 2011 after working for two years as the Office’s Senior Coordinator for Public Engagement. Ms. Friedman oversees the Office’s foreign assistance grant program, which supports anti-trafficking efforts in 37 countries around the world, and the Office’s public engagement efforts, which include public and media outreach, partnerships with civil society, and coordinating the U.S. Government’s interagency anti-trafficking work. She also serves as senior advisor to Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Luis CdeBaca. Prior to her service at the Department of State, Ms. Friedman was Executive Director of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET), a California NGO. Her work at ASSET was instrumental in the passage of the California Supply Chain Transparency Act, a first-of-its-kind law that requires companies doing business in California to publicly disclose what anti-slavery policies they have put in place. Ms. Friedman previously served as District Director for former U.S. Representative Jane Harman (CA), California Policy Director for People For the American Way, and National Student Director for the Gore/Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign. Ms. Friedman is a native of the National Capital Area and a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Washington, DC.