Professor of Public Policy
University of Maryland Strategic Advisor
Mayer Brown LLP
Susan C. Schwab is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and strategic advisor to the law firm of Mayer brown LLP. Prior to her current positions, Ambassador Schwab served as United States Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006 to 2009, and as Deputy USTR from 2005 to 2006. Her career has spaned the public, private, and non-profit sectors, with emphasis on international trade and competitiveness.
As USTR, Ambassador Schwab concluded free trade agreements (FTAs) with Peru, Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and she was instrumental in obtaining Congressional approval of FTAs with Peru, Bahrain, and Oman. She launched the initial Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations and pursued the World Trade Organization (WTO) Doha Round negotiations. Ambassafor Schwab settled a two-decade long dispute with Canada over softwood lumber, initiated and resolved multiple trade disputes with China and others, concluded the United States' bilateral WTO accession agreement with Russia, and witnessed the admission of Vietnam and Ukraine to the WTO.
Previously, Schwab served as dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and she was president of the University System of Maryland Foundation. In the private sector, she was director of corporate business development of Motorola, Inc. In government, Ambassador Schwab served as assistant secretary of commerce and director-general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service.
Schwab serves on the boards of FedEx Corporation, Caterpillar Inc., The Boeing Company, and the Signature Theatre. She is also on the board of advisors of Miller Buckfire and is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
Schwab holds a BA from Williams College, a master's in development policy from Stanford University, and a PhD in public administration and international business from The George Washington University.