K.C. Swanson joined the Coalition of Services Industries as vice president in 2019.K.C. Swanson joined the Coalition of Services Industries as vice president in 2019.
Previously she was director of global policy for the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), where she advocated for trade policies that benefit the information and communications technology industry. While at TIA, she served on the executive committee of the board for the U.S. Information Technology Office (USITO), a Beijing-based trade association that represents U.S. ICT companies in China.
She was also a cleared advisor serving on the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on the Digital Economy (ITAC 8).
Prior to that Swanson spent eight years based in Beijing, China, where she became proficient in Mandarin Chinese. In a role at the American Chamber of Commerce in China, she helped edit and promote an annual business climate survey and white paper detailing market access and regulatory challenges in China. Before that, she founded the Beijing bureau for The Deal, covering U.S. corporate investment and growth strategies in China. She also reported from China for the Financial Times and Economist Intelligence Unit.
In an earlier role working out of the San Francisco bureau for TheStreet.com, she reported on publicly-traded computer and semiconductor stocks and wrote about the dot-com crash. She began her career working as a journalist covering Capitol Hill for National Journal in Washington, D.C.
Swanson has a degree from Duke University.