FTA Webinar Series: CBP Continuing Education
April 25, 2024

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What Supply Chain Partners and Customs Brokers Need to Know !

Guest Speaker


Cynthia Whittenburg


Ms. Whittenburg is a committed champion of international trade education and training, currently serving as the Executive Vice President of the NCBFAA Educational Institute whose mission is to provide relevant content via multimedia platforms to equip our nation’s 21st century cross-border, trade-related workforce. She is a civil service and U.S. Army veteran helping American businesses design clear, legally compliant, and socially responsible cross-border trade strategies. In her 12 years as a Senior Executive and director, she oversaw a complex mission of facilitating lawful trade and exercising trade enforcement to ensure fair and competitive trade.  Ms. Whittenburg managed a $300+ million budget leading a highly diverse staff of CBP professionals in pursuing transformative trade policies that promoted economic security and growth for American businesses, along with ensuring only safe and legitimate products entered the U.S. commerce.

Over the course of her career at U.S. Customs and CBP, she was blessed with being able to share her knowledge in the trade realm, visiting South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Gabon, and Ethiopia.  She is a licensed customs broker and is also currently serving as a member of the United States Trade Representative Trade Advisory Committee on Africa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science/business at Dillard University, holds master’s degrees in both Public Administration from Georgia Southern University, and Legal Studies in International Business Law from the University of Oklahoma.  Ms. Whittenburg also completed the Senior Managers in Government course at Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

As an active member of the Executive Women in Government, Ms. Whittenburg continues to serve as the Immediate Past President of this organization whose objective is to advocate for the advancement of women in senior leadership positions as well as prepare the up and-coming tier of women for senior executive roles in the Federal Government.  She also serves her community as a committee chair within the Oak Creek Homeowners Association.

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