Devry Boughner Vorwerk serves as a senior policy advisor in Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice, focusing on trade and investment policy and agriculture policy. In this role, she works closely with the firm’s international trade policy and Cuba policy practices, among others, assisting clients who have international business dealings in, or who are considering expansion into, the Latin American and Asian markets.
Prior to joining Akin Gump, Vorwerk served as Director of Cargil’s International Business Relations based in Washington, D.C. For eight years she specialized in Cargill’s Asia Pacific trade and investment portfolio, which included short assignments living in India and China.
As Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Vorwerk managed Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington and oversaw Corporate Affairs for Latin America, which included management and oversight for government relations, communications and corporate responsibility across the region.
Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission in the Office of Industries and as Economic Advisor to the Chairman. Vorwerk also served as Senior Economist in Agricultural Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is part of the Executive Office of the President.
Vorwerk holds a dual degree in Agricultural Economics and Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, with a specialization in Public Policy and International Trade, from Cornell University.
Vorwerk serves on the Boards of Alliance to End Hunger, the Business Council for Global Development, and is a founding member of IMPACT FFA, which is a career development program for young women agriculture. She is Chair of the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba and co-chair of the U.S. Business Coalition for the Transpacific Partnership. Devry also serves on the Advisory Board of the University of California Agricultural Issues Center and Cornell University’s Dyson School Advisory Council. Vorwerk is an Arthur Page Society Future Leader and was named a 2014 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Devry is an avid runner and a member of Potomac Runners, a Washington, D.C.-based running club. She lives in Great Falls, Virginia with her husband, Doug Vorwerk and their son, Charlie.