Richard Swanson


Richard Malcolm Swanson Jr. is the Director of Pacific South Network (Region) of U.S. Field Operations for the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS).  The US&FCS is the Export Promotion and Foreign Direct Investment arm of the International Trade Administration within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Swanson oversees Nevada, California and Hawaii, including Guam and other U.S. territories, through a network of industry, tradecraft, and regional specialists within U.S. Export Assistance Centers in major metro economic areas.


Mr. Swanson has worked with the US & FCS for over 26 years and started as an unpaid intern back in February of 1990.  Mr. Swanson holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Cal State Fullerton in Int’l Business w/a minor in Spanish and a Masters of Public Administration in local economic development from Long Beach State.  He has been an adjunct professor at Cal State University at Fullerton and elsewhere for a number of years teaching international business.


Mr. Swanson has been to many industry-related domestic and international trade events in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Europe.   Mr. Swanson served as acting Senior Commercial Attaché for the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2001. Mr. Swanson has been a global team leader for the ICT sector and Europe teams, respectively.   He has also served on the Aerospace and Education & Training teams as well. Mr. Swanson received the Commerce Department’s Bronze Award in 2006 for his work on “Imagine Asia” with the entertainment industry and Hong Kong.


On a personal level, Mr. Swanson is a native Californian born in San Diego and now living in Laguna Niguel, California with his wife who he met at college and their two teenage daughters who play basketball and water polo.


Mr. Swanson is speaking in:

Make it Rain, Don’t Wait for Rain: International Business Development Strategies