Susan Schwab

Senior Fellow

Ambassador Susan C. Schwab became the United States Trade Representative on June 8, 2006.  As USTR, she was a member of the President''s Cabinet and served as the President''s principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues.  From October 2005 until her confirmation as U. S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Schwab served as Deputy USTR.

During her tenure, Ambassador Schwab successfully concluded bilateral FTAs with Peru , Colombia , Panama and South Korea ; several agreements were ratified by the U.S. Congress ( Bahrain , Oman , Peru) or entered into force (CAFTA).  FTAs with Colombia , Panama and South Korea await Congressional approval.  In her trade enforcement role, Schwab was able to settle a two-decade long dispute with Canada over soft-wood lumber, and has launched and/or worked to resolve trade disputes with China, the European Union and others, primarily related to market access, intellectual property and illegal subsidies.

Ambassador Schwab served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy from 1995 through 2003.  Before joining the Administration, she held the position of President and CEO of the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation and USM Vice Chancellor for Advancement.  Schwab formerly served as Director of Corporate Business Development at Motorola, Inc., where she handled strategic planning and negotiation in China and elsewhere in Asia .  Scwhab also served as Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service during the Administration of George H.W. Bush.

Schwab spent most of the 1980s as a trade policy specialist and then legislative director for Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), playing a major role in numerous U.S. trade policy initiatives, including landmark trade legislation that Congress enacted in 1984 and 1988.  Previously, Schwab served as a Trade Policy Officer in the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo .  Her first job was as an agricultural trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Ambassador Schwab is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration ( NAPA ). She published Trade-Offs: Negotiating the Omnibus Trade Act , (Harvard Business School Press, 1994), as well as articles on U.S.-Japan trade relations, trade politics, and public policy education.