Charlene Barshefsky

Born:August 11, 1950 (age 73)
Career:U.S. Trade Representative, 1997-2001
Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, 1993-1997
Education:B.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison
J.D., Catholic University of America

Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky served as the U.S. trade representative—the chief trade negotiator and principal trade policymaker for the United States—from 1997 to 2001, and acting and deputy USTR from 1993 to 1996.

Barshefsky was born on August 11, 1950. She received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin in 1972 and her law degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1975.

Prior to serving as the U.S. trade representative, Barshefsky was the deputy U.S. trade representative from 1993 to 1997. Before that, she worked for eighteen years at a Washington law firm, eventually as co-head of the firm's international law practice. She is currently a partner at the international law firm WillmerHale.


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