Susan Schwab served as U.S. Trade Representative (2006–09) and as deputy (2005–06). As USTR, Ambassador Schwab concluded free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, South Korea, and others; as well as launched the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. She pursued and/or settled trade disputes with China and Canada, and engaged in negotiations at the WTO, APEC, and other multilateral institutions.
In academia, she served as dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland; and as vice chancellor of the University System of Maryland (USM) and CEO of the USM Foundation. She still teaches classes in international trade.
In the private sector, Ambassador Schwab was director of corporate business development for Motorola, Inc., where she engaged in M&A and joint venture negotiations in Asia, including in China.
Earlier in government, she served as assistant secretary of commerce and director-general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service, as a trade staffer and legislative director for Senator John C. Danforth, and as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo. She began her career as an agricultural trade negotiator at what is now the Office of the USTR.
Ambassador Schwab serves on the boards of Caterpillar, FedEx, and Marriott, as well as the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), the Conference Board, and Signature Theatre.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College; a master’s from Stanford University; and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.