Director, Interagency Trade Enforcement Center
Bradford Ward is the Director of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) established by the President through Executive Order 13601. ITEC’s mission is to level the playing field for American workers and exporters by bringing a more aggressive “whole-of-government” approach to addressing unfair trade practices, and to enhance significantly the capabilities of the United States to challenge unfair trade practices around the world. Working with the Deputy Director, he is responsible for fulfilling that mission and leveraging existing resources more efficiently across the Administration.
Most recently, Mr. Ward was a Deputy General Counsel and the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. His responsibilities included supervising litigation under the WTO and free trade agreements, providing counsel on trade negotiations and legislative matters, addressing various agency administrative matters, and assisting in the management of more than 30 attorneys in the Office of General Counsel.
From 1992 to 2009, he was with the international trade group at a major law firm in Washington, DC. His practice involved substantial trade remedy litigation before federal agencies, U.S. courts, and NAFTA panels as well as advice to and negotiation on behalf of companies and industry associations on a variety of issues including trade policy, industry strategy, governmental affairs, and press relations. During this time he was variously a member and chairman of the recruiting committee, and hiring partner for the Washington office.
From 1986 to 1992, he served as international trade analyst and program manager at the United States Department of Commerce conducting and managing countervailing and antidumping duty investigations involving a wide variety of industries and countries. While at Commerce, he received a Gold Medal Award, the Department’s highest service award, and was selected as a Legis Fellow and worked in the office of a United States Senator on trade, technology, and export issues. Previously he was an associate in a law firm working on various trade matters, including countervailing duty and section 337 litigation.
He holds a law degree from the Washington College of Law at American University and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Oregon.