Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs
Dawn Shackleford is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs. In this capacity, she is responsible for coordinating U.S. trade policies in the WTO, with lead responsibility in the General Council and Council on Trade in Goods as well as oversight for WTO institutional issues and the WTO standing committees. Her office is responsible for negotiations on trade facilitation and trade and development and negotiation and implementation of agreements in the WTO. Her team also leads bilateral negotiations related to customs matters, government procurement, subsidies and trade remedies, technical barriers to trade and regulatory cooperation. Ms. Shackleford also leads trade issues in the OECD and UNCTAD.
She previously served as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for India in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) from 2014 to 2016. In this role Ms. Shackleford led negotiations on bilateral trade issues with India and was responsible for managing the U.S. - India Trade Policy Forum.
Ms. Shackleford previously served as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for WTO and Multilateral Affairs from 2009 to 2014 and was the lead U.S. negotiator for the new WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. Dawn also served as the lead negotiator on the customs and trade facilitation chapter of the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement, WTO accession negotiations and was a senior advisor on issues pertaining to the WTO and its standing committees. She was the U.S. Representative to the OECD Trade Committee and a lead advisor on trade issues concerning the UN and other international organizations.
She joined USTR in 2004 serving as a Director in the Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs and served as a lead negotiator on the government procurement chapter in the U.S. FTA negotiations with Oman and the United Arab Emirates. She also worked on various WTO, APEC, G20, UN and NAFTA trade policy issues.
Prior to her work at USTR, Ms. Shackleford served as a policy analyst within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and in the Department of the Navy from 1998 to 2004 and as an adjunct professor at American University's School of International Service from 2003 to 2005.
She holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics from the University of California in Santa Cruz, and also studied at the National University of Ireland in Galway, and Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.