Esperanza Gomez Jelalian has served as head of the U.S.-Pakistan Business Council (USPBC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce since 2003. Jelalian provides leadership and direction to the council and oversees strategic planning, policy, and advocacy. As senior director of South Asia, she develops and executes Chamber programs and policy activities relating to Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. While advancing U.S. commercial interests in this region, she works closely with Chamber member companies, business and government leaders, and American Chambers of Commerce abroad.
In addition to her South Asia portfolio, Jelalian is a member of the Asia Department’s management team and plays an integral role in executing financial and administrative processes.
Before joining the Chamber, Jelalian worked with the late Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-TX) in the government relations firms of Wilson Associates and Hooper Owen & Winburn, representing the government of Pakistan and a number of companies before the U.S. Congress and the executive branch on a wide range of issues. These included foreign policy, defense appropriations, U.S. foreign assistance, sanctions,
and international trade.
She serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S.-Pakistan
Earlier, she held positions with the Republican National Committee, former Sen. Bob Dole’s (R-KS) Better America Foundation, and American International Group (AIG). Jelalian has an M.A. in international commerce and policy and a B.A. in international studies from George Mason University in Virginia. She also has a certificate in executive leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Jelalian resides in Vienna, Virginia, with her husband and two children.