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Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific
Barbara Weisel joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in 1994 and was appointed to the position of Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Southeast Asia and the Pacific in 2004. She is the U.S. chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and also is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy relating to countries in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, including work under our Trade and Investment Framework Agreements and other initiatives with the region.
Ms. Weisel led the U.S. Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Malaysia and Thailand. Prior to this, she served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Bilateral Asian Affairs, where she was the deputy lead negotiator on the U.S.-Australia FTA and worked on the Singapore FTA as well as other Southeast Asian and Korean issues. Ms. Weisel previously served as Director for Japan Affairs. Before joining USTR, she worked at the State Department from 1984-1994. During this time, she served in a variety of positions, including as international economist on Japan, the Persian Gulf, and North Africa. Ms. Weisel has two Masters Degrees from Harvard University and a Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College.