Jonathan Freedman is the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah, where he helps Utah companies grow through international trade and investment. He is a seasoned entrepreneur and international business leader with over 30 years of experience.
Prior to joining WTC Utah, Freedman co-founded and grew Downeast, a clothing and furniture retail chain, to 64 locations with 1,100 employees. He has also served as honorary consul of Ukraine in Utah since 2008, leading the effort to support the Ukrainian community in Utah and foster economic development between Ukraine and Utah. In September 2023, he was awarded the Order of Merit by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the highest honor given to a non-Ukrainian citizen.
Freedman also serves on public and private boards and commissions, including the state of Utah's Unified Economic Opportunity Commission, USTR Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce.
He is a passionate advocate for international trade and investment and believes that global engagement is essential for economic growth and prosperity. He is also committed to building bridges between cultures and promoting understanding and cooperation between people from all over the world.