Amy Celico is a Principal of ASG, and leads the firm’s China team in Washington, DC. She also assists clients in other East Asian markets, drawing on more than 20 years of experience on issues in the region. Ms. Celico develops and implements tailored strategies for clients, helping them deepen relationships with key stakeholders, succeed with M&A transactions, resolve complex problems, and build and expand their business.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Celico served as Senior Director for China Affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she was responsible for developing negotiating positions on issues related to China’s non-financial services sectors and intellectual property rights policies. She was also involved in developing trade policy positions for bilateral discussions with China through the Strategic Economic Dialogue and the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
Previously, Ms. Celico served as Deputy Director of the Office of the Chinese Economic Area at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she monitored China’s compliance with its WTO commitments and developed U.S.-China trade policy to expand market access for U.S. companies in China.
She also worked at the U.S. State Department, where she served as an intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Research and Intelligence, and as a Vice Consul for economic affairs at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai.
Prior to her government service, Ms. Celico was the Director of Development for the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. She also worked at the International Monetary Fund as the bilingual assistant to the Executive Director for China.
Ms. Celico serves on the Board of Directors of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and is a Senior Associate (Non-resident) to the Simon Chair in Political Economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Ms. Celico earned a B.A. with honors in Asian Studies from Mount Holyoke College and completed her M.A. studies in International Economics and Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a graduate of the Hopkins-Nanjing Center in China.
She speaks Mandarin Chinese and spent seven years living and working in China.