Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics
Ed Gresser is the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics. The Office of Trade Policy and Economics is responsible for USTR’s economic research, oversees use of trade data, produces the National Trade Estimate Report, manages the Trade Policy Staff Committee interagency process, and implements the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which is the largest and oldest U.S. trade preference program. Mr. Gresser also represents USTR at Board Meetings of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where the U.S. Trade Representative is a Board Member.
Mr. Gresser joined USTR in 2015 as Policy Planning Director, after 14 years as a non-profit researcher and trade policy scholar, and was named Assistant USTR in April 2016. Before joining USTR, having led the Trade and Global Markets Project at the Progressive Policy Institute from 2001 to 2011, he co-founded and directed the independent think tank ProgressiveEconomy from 2011 until joining USTR in 2015, conducting groundbreaking research on the distributional effects of the U.S. tariff system, Internet-based trade and cross-border flows of digital data, and trade facilitation. Author of Freedom from Want: The Global Economy and American Liberalism (2007), Mr. Gresser received the Washington International Trade Association’s Lighthouse Award in 2013 in recognition of contributions over the course of a career to “trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade.”
Mr. Gresser is a graduate of Stanford University, and holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia Universities and a certificate from the Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union. He first served USTR as Policy Advisor to then U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky from 1998 to 2001, after seven years of Congressional staff service as Policy Director for U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) (1993-1998) and earlier as Legislative Director for Congressman Silvio Conte (R-MA).