I have a broad background in international trade law and policy both on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch of the United States Government. In addition to my legal training, I received graduate training in public policy and economics at Harvard University, where I earned an MA in Public Policy, and an MA in Public Administration. I also studied international law at the University of London, and worked for a leading British barrister who is now a distinguished jurist on the High Court.
I served nearly five years as Senator Chuck Grassley’s international trade counsel, on both his personal and Senate Finance Committee staffs. In that role, I conceived, prepared, and managed nine Senate Finance Committee hearings, prepared floor statements, press releases and speeches, drafted legislation, and participated in federal agency oversight activities.
While working with the Senate Finance Committee, I managed nine Committee trade hearings, coordinated Committee oversight of federal departments and agencies, and aided in preparation for WTO meetings, including Ministerial Conference meetings.
I later served for two years as Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary for International Trade in the Department of Commerce under President George Bush, where I was involved in a broad range of trade and economic policy matters.
I was selected by then-Ambassador Rob Portman to serve as his Chief Agriculture Counsel at USTR, a position I held for six years. At USTR I drafted and helped successfully implement bilateral agreements that increased US export opportunities to important foreign markets, represented the United States in international forums, and participated in international negotiations in China, Geneva, Rome, Paris, and elsewhere. I also served as a liaison with the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees.
I currently lead an organization that represents companies working in almost every element of the steel supply chain.