Former United States Trade Representative Strategic Advisor
Mayer Brown LLP
Susan C. Schwab is a professor at the University of Maryland, and a 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 2006-09, and as Deputy USTR from 2005-06. Her career has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors, with an emphasis on international trade and competitiveness.
At USTR, she concluded multiple bilateral free trade agreements, launched the initial Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and tried to conclude the WTO Doha Round. She initiated and was able to settle a variety of trade disputes with China and others. Previously, Ambassador Schwab served as dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and president of the University System of Maryland Foundation. In the private sector, she was director of corporate business development for Motorola, Inc., negotiating joint venture agreements in China and developing Asia strategy. In government, Ambassador Schwab was assistant secretary of commerce and director-general of the US & Foreign Commercial Service.
Ambassador Schwab serves on the boards of Caterpillar, FedEx and Boeing. She is a member of the board of trustees of The Conference Group and the Aspen Strategy Group. She holds a B.A. from Williams College, a master’s from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.