Todd Willis

Todd Willis is the Director of the Munitions Control Division within the Office of Strategic Industries and Economic Security at the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS).  In this newly created Division he supervises, coordinates and expedites the process of munitions export licenses under the regulatory jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce (DOC). These responsibilities include serving as the senior advisor on dual-use and munitions technology issues within DoC and coordinating the review of export control issues among relevant USG organizations.  Mr. Willis team also has lead responsibility to liaison with outside USG agencies, industry and international partners on DoC munitions concerns and regulatory reviews to protect U.S. interest and national security.

PAST EXPERIENCES:  Prior to joining BIS, Mr. Willis was the Division Chief for the Dual-Use Licensing Division within the Defense Technology Security Administration (DTSA).  There he supervised the work of a staff of civilian and military personnel to provide the Department of Defense (DOD) official decision on commercial dual-use export licensing reviews. These responsibilities included serving as the senior advisor on dual-use technology issues within DTSA and coordinating the review of export control issues among relevant DOD organizations including military departments, the Joint Staff, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and others. 

Previous assignments before joining DoD include Assistant Director for the Office of Enforcement Analysis within the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce where his responsibilities included managing the BIS end-use check program analyzing U.S. export transactions and coordinating foreign end-user visits.  In this role, Mr. Willis also managed the BIS Export Control Officers, special agents stationed abroad, in China, Hong Kong, India, Russia and the United Arab Emirates; his international responsibilities also included the coordination efforts with Foreign Commercial Service officers.

Previous to this assignment within BIS, Mr. Willis was the Senior Export Policy Advisor for the Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls.  This office was the focal point within BIS for issues related to the transfer of technology. In this role Mr. Willis was named the Department of Commerce White House Liaison to the academic and research community for export control issues. Mr. Willis worked in the Department of Commerce for seven years.

Before joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Willis was the Economic Development and Public Policy Director for the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce in Oakland, California.  In conjunction with this position, Mr. Willis was also an adjunct professor for California State University, Hayward School of Business and Economics and founded Global Trade Alliance Corporation a trade consulting firm.  This followed over ten years of industry experience concentrating in the finance and technology fields.  Prior to this Mr. Willis spent 6 years in the United States Army as an Armor and Intelligence Officer. 

EDUCATION:  Mr. Willis graduated cum laude with a Master of Business Administration Degree from California State University, Hayward and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economics from the University of Pacific.