Ambassador Schwab served as U.S. Trade Representative (2006–09) and as deputy (2005–06). As USTR, she concluded comprehensive trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, South Korea and various other countries; as well as launching and/or settling trade disputes with China, Canada and the EU, and engaging in negotiations under the auspices of the WTO.
In academia, she served as dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and as vice chancellor and president/CEO of the University System of Maryland Foundation.
In the private sector, she was director of corporate business development for Motorola, Inc., where she engaged in M&A activities and joint venture negotiations 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 trade negotiator at USTR and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.
Ambassador Schwab serves on the boards of Boeing, Caterpillar, FedEx, and Marriott, as well as The Conference Board, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Signature Theatre. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
She holds degrees from Williams College and Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University.