Ashley Orbach joins us from the United States Department of State where she has worked since 2003. She is currently a Senior Advisor in the Economic and Business Affairs Bureau dealing with issues related to conflict and natural resources; supply chain transparency; and responsible sourcing in the extractives sector. Ashley is the U.S. representative to the Kimberley Process, the international scheme that governs the trade in rough diamonds. Ashley recently completed an assignment to the White House as the National Security Council’s Multilateral Affairs Director handling UN-related policy, including peacekeeping and international sanctions. Previous State Department assignments include the U.S. Mission to the UN; the Consulate General in Jerusalem; the USAID West Bank/Gaza Mission; and the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan. Ashley has also lived and worked in South Africa and Cambodia. She holds a B.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an M.A. in Middle East Affairs from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a J.D. from American University-Washington College of Law. Ashley lives in Washington with her husband, Benjamin, and their two children.