Founded in 1986, the Border Trade Alliance (BTA) is a grassroots, non-profit organization that serves as a forum for participants to address key issues affecting trade, travel and security in North America. Working with entities in Canada, Mexico and the United States, the BTA advocates on behalf of policies and initiatives designed to improve border affairs and trade relations among the three nations. BTA is North America’s premier authority on issues affecting the U.S. northern and southern borders, representing a large grassroots network of over 4.2 million public and private sector representatives, including business leaders, chambers of commerce and industry, academic institutions, economic development corporations, industrial parks, transport companies, customs brokers, defense companies, manufacturers and state and local government agencies.
The BTA’s vision is to be the recognized leader in authority for the facilitation of international trade and commerce in the Americas. Its core values include a commitment to improving the quality of life in border communities through out trade and commerce, and a commitment to work as a community-based grassroots organization.
To initiate, monitor and influence public policy and private sector initiatives for the facilitation of international trade and commerce through advocacy, education, issue development, research and analysis, and strategic planning.
The Border Trade Alliance is proud to have on its board a group of experts on border trade who make NAFTA a reality through their daily work
A seasoned government relations pro, BTA President Britton Clarke is the founding principal of BC Consulting, LLC, a full-service government affairs and strategic consulting firm located in Washington, D.C. She brings to the BTA more than a decade of professional experience crafting and executing government relations and communications strategies that have aided elected officials, corporations and trade associations.
Her career stops have included leading the transportation portfolio for Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP; serving as vice president of legislative affairs for the American Trucking Associations; and as a senior staff member Rep. Henry Brown, Jr. of South Carolina.
Jim Mullen is the principal of Jim Mullen Consulting. Mullen is the former Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Werner Enterprises, Inc (“Werner”). Werner is one of the largest truckload carriers in the Unites States, with offices in both Mexico and Canada, and several ports of entry in the US, including Laredo, El Paso and Detroit. While with Werner for over a decade, Mullen was an active participant in numerous transportation industry organizations, including serving on the American Trucking Associations’ Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Transportation Lawyers Association.
The BTA committees are the source of our grassroots advocacy. The eight committees of the Border Trade Alliance tackle the issues facing the Canadian border and Mexican border trade communities. Our committees are comprised of BTA board members and experts in their respective fields.
Do you want to help improve the quality of life of border communities by helping facilitate international trade and commerce in North America? The BTA occasionally has internship opportunities available for interested students. Contact us for more information.