President Donald Trump’s G7 and trade adviser, Kelly Ann Shaw, is leaving his administration for a position in the private sector, White House officials said on Tuesday, marking the departure of one of the most senior women on the President’s economic team, Reuters reported.
Shaw succeeded Clete Willems as deputy assistant to the President for international economic affairs and deputy director of the National Economic Council earlier this year.
She served as the U.S. “sherpa” for the G7 and G20 and was part of the team advising the President during trade talks between the United States and China, which led Trump to announce the outlines of a “phase one” pact with Beijing on Oct. 11.
Shaw will leave her post on Friday. An administration official said she was going to the private sector, but did not specify where. Shaw declined to comment on her next move.
“It just felt like the right time to go for me,” Shaw told Reuters, noting she had worked in the federal government for 10 years and only intended to stay for three. “I am ready for my next and new adventure.”
Her departure comes as the National Security Council, for which she also worked, is being slimmed down. Trump’s new national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, plans to reduce the size of the NSC by about a third in the coming months and limit its role in foreign policy. The international economics portfolio will be managed by NEC Director Larry Kudlow.