A San Diego woman is among the 19 people announced this week as appointees to the newly established U.S. Investment Advisory Council.

Nikia Clarke, executive director of World Trade Center San Diego, was among the public and private sector leaders named by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on June 7 as inaugural members of the advisory body.

Established in April, the council, whose members serve two-year terms, is intended to give input on how the nation should attract and retain foreign direct investment.

According to the Commerce Department, 18 percent of the nation’s GDP — $2.9 trillion — stems from foreign direct investment.

“U.S. affiliates of foreign companies directly employ 6.1 million people across our nation and pay higher than average wages which positively impacts nearly every facet of our economy,” Pritzker said, in a statement. “Attracting more job-creating foreign investment has always been a priority for the Obama administration. I look forward to working closely with the U.S. Investment Advisory Council to implement policies and strategies to ensure the United States remains the top destination for foreign investment.”

World Trade Center San Diego, which recently became an affiliate of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., has been in San Diego since 1994. The organization helps small- and mid-sized businesses conduct foreign market research and participate in foreign trade missions.

Clarke, hired to lead the group in 2015, has a doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford, where she studied Chinese manufacturing firms’ investments across Africa.

The board’s inaugural meeting is slated for June 21 in Washington, D.C., to coincide with the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit, an event that promotes foreign direct investment in the U.S.