Mary Waters Deputy Commissioner, International Trade Mary Waters serves as Deputy Commissioner, International Trade for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In this role she oversees the state’s International Trade program which provides services that contribute to the expansion of Georgia’s exports, the creation and retention of jobs attributable to exports and the continued internationalization of Georgia’s economy. The state’s international trade program assists companies with exporting and matches Georgia suppliers with international buyers. From 2008 to 2013, Ms. Waters served as Senior International Trade Manager with the Department, managing medical technology exports, and helping small and medium-sized healthcare companies successfully export to international markets. Prior to her posting as Deputy Commissioner of International Trade, Ms. Waters worked as an International Account Manager with Guided Therapeutics, Inc. a medical device manufacturer and exporter located in Norcross, Georgia. She was responsible for the Company’s business development initiatives in Latin America and Africa. Ms. Waters is active in trade policy, and currently serves as Vice President of the State International Development Organizations (SIDO), based in Washington, D.C. SIDO is a national organization dedicated to supporting state international trade development and the role that state agencies play in supporting American exporters. A native of Oregon, Ms. Waters holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of Florida and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She speaks Portuguese and fluent Spanish.