Gloria González-Micklin is Vice President of Programs and Strategic Partnerships at the US-China Business Council. She spearheads the organization’s development, programming, and diplomatic relations with the Chinese embassy and selected ministries in Beijing.
Since 1998, she has overseen hundreds of programs, including high security and visibility events for China’s most senior leaders, their American counterparts, C-suite level executives, and other key stakeholders in US-China relations.
As the chief fundraiser, Gloria conceptualized and launched the annual galas and spearheads the principal non-dues revenue for USCBC and structured co-hosted events for senior Chinese leaders. She also oversees members-only conferences and other gatherings that bring business executives, policy makers, scholars, and influencers to discuss current policy, operational issues, and best practices for American companies working in China. On Capitol Hill, she carried out “China on the Hill,” an innovative USCBC program to bring business representatives together with Congressional legislators, as part of the Council’s educational function, helping Members of the House and Senate to understand on-the-ground realities for US companies in China.
Gloria’s work has demanded close, painstaking, and skilled negotiations with Chinese government representatives, business executives, other leading organizations' protocol and security teams, and representatives of highly placed Chinese and American dignitaries. Gloria is recognized among USCBC’s chief architects of the close and trusting relationship the organization has established with Chinese diplomats and government officials at various ministries in Beijing during the past two decades.
Prior to joining USCBC, Gloria was a consultant for Disney after residing in China, worked at the Florida Department of Commerce’s International Bureau of Tourism where she launched the first comprehensive communications and marketing plan for the State of Florida in Latin America, and consulted with the Pan American Health Organization and Battelle Memorial Institute.
Gloria has a graduate degree from the University of Texas in Austin, attended American University’s School of International Service and Boğaziçi University as an undergraduate, and lived at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center (1992-96) where she established the Jim Townsend and Sandy Perry Memorial Endowment Fellowship in 2003. She was China correspondent for TravelNews Asia, a Hong Kong-based travel trade publication, while residing in Nanjing. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, and is active with AFS Intercultural Programs.
Gloria is originally from Colombia. Her family settled in New Holland, PA when they immigrated to the United States in the early 1970s, and her elderly parents reside with her in Derwood, Maryland.