Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky is presently a Senior International Partner at WilmerHale.

She served as the US Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001, where she was the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States. Before that, she acted as deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996. As the USTR and a member of the President’s Cabinet, she was responsible for the negotiation of hundreds of complex market access, regulatory and investment agreements with virtually every major country in the world. She is best known internationally as the architect and chief negotiator of China’s historic WTO Agreement, as well as global agreements in financial services, telecommunications, intellectual property rights, high-technology products and cyberspace. Her 25-year legal career in the field has encompassed international litigation, commercial negotiations, investment and regulatory advice, and dispute resolution, and she has written and lectured extensively both here and abroad.

In addition to serving on Progressive Economy’s Advisory Board, Ms. Barshefsky serves on the Boards of Directors at American Express, Estée Lauder, Intel, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America Law School in Washington D.C.

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