Susan C Schwab

Born:March 23, 1955 (age 65)
Career:U.S. trade representative, 2006-2009
Education:B.A., Williams College
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., George Washington University

Ambassador Susan C. Schwab was nominated to be United States Trade Representative (USTR) by President George W. Bush on April 18, 2006, and was confirmed as USTR by the United States Senate on June 8, 2006. As USTR, Schwab was a member of the president's cabinet and served as the president's principal trade advisor, negotiator, and spokesperson on trade issues. She served as USTR until January 2009.

Schwab was born on March 23, 1955. She received a bachelor's degree in political economy from Williams College, a master's degree in development policy from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in public administration and international business from George Washington University.

Her first job was as an agricultural trade negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Schwab then served as trade policy officer in the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. She spent most of the 1980s as a trade policy specialist and then the legislative director for Senator John C. Danforth (R-Mo.), playing a major role in numerous U.S. trade policy initiatives.

She then went on to serve as assistant secretary of commerce and director general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service during the administration of George H.W. Bush, as director of corporate business development for Motorola, Inc., and Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy from 1995 through 2003. Immediately before joining the president's administration, she held the position of president and CEO of the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation and USM vice-chancellor for advancement.

Prior to her appointment as USTR, Schwab served as deputy USTR with a portfolio overseeing U.S. trade relations with Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, and the Americas. In addition, she was responsible for USTR operations involving the World Trade Organization and multilateral affairs; services and investment; intellectual property; industry, market access and telecommunications; and intergovernmental affairs and public liaison activities.

Schwab is currently a professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). She previously served on the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Board of Trustees of the Council for Excellence in Government and the National Selection Committee for the Innovations in American Government Awards program.

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