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Biographies of Key Officials

Many of USTR's senior officials are lawyers and economists with extensive backgrounds in trade law. The senior staff includes about 30 key officials appointed by the U.S. Trade Representative who supervise trade negotiations, monitor trade disputes, enforce laws, and keep a constant flow of communication with Congress, industry, nongovernmental organizations and the public on U.S. trade policy.

United States Trade Representative

Michael Froman, Ambassador

Deputy United States Trade Representative

Michael Punke, Ambassador (Geneva)

Acting Deputy United States Trade Representative
Wendy Cutler
Chief of Staff

Matthew Vogel

Deputy Chief of Staff

Behnaz Kibria

Counselor to the United States Trade Representative

Luis Jimenez 

General Counsel

Timothy Reif

Other Senior Officials and Assistant U. S. Trade Representatives (AUSTR)

Fred Ames, AUSTR for Administration

Douglas Bell, Counselor and AUSTR for Trade Policy and Economics

Christine Bliss, AUSTR for Services and Investment

Michael J. Delaney, AUSTR for South Asia

Jewel James, AUSTR for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Lewis Karesh, AUSTR for Labor

Sharon Bomer Lauritsen, AUSTR for Agricultural Affairs

Mark Linscott, AUSTR for WTO & Multilateral Affairs

Florizelle Liser, AUSTR for Africa

John Melle, AUSTR for Americas

L. Daniel Mullaney, AUSTR for Europe and the Middle East

Jennifer Prescott, AUSTR for Environment & Natural Resources

Hun Quach, AUSTR for Congressional Affairs

Claire Reade, AUSTR for China Affairs

Jim Sanford, AUSTR for Small Business, Market Access, and Industrial Competitiveness

Gail Strickler, AUSTR for Textiles

Bradford Ward, Director, Interagency Trade Enforcement Center

Barbara Weisel, AUSTR for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Christopher Wilson, Deputy Chief of Mission, Geneva