Susan C. Schwab

Professor,
University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

Ambassador Susan Schwab is currently a faculty member at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and a strategic adviser at Mayer Brown LLP.

Ambassador Schwab previously served as United States Trade Representative (USTR) from 2006 to 2009. As USTR, Ambassador Schwab was a member of President George W. Bush’s cabinet and served as the President’s principal advisor, negotiator and spokesperson on international trade and related issues. Prior to her appointment, she served as Deputy USTR.

Ambassador Schwab has more than three decades of international trade and policy experience. She began her career in the USTR’s office as a trade negotiator for agriculture issues. After two years, she headed to Tokyo where she served as a Trade Policy Officer at the American Embassy. She later spent eight years working for Sen. John Danforth (R-Mo), first as Chief Economist and Legislative Assistant for International Trade and then as Legislative Director. In 1989 she became the Director General of the US & Foreign Commercial Service at the US Department of Commerce, where she oversaw 200 international and domestic field offices with 1,300 employees and a budget totaling $115 million.

Ambassador Schwab has previously held positions at the University of Maryland, serving as the President and CEO of the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation, USM Vice Chancellor for Advancement and from 1995 to 2003, as Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland.

Ambassador Schwab currently serves on the boards of The Boeing Company, Caterpillar Inc., FedEx Corporation, and Marriott International, Inc.