Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Services and Investments (Acting)
Kenneth Schagrin is the Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Services and Investment. Mr. Schagrin joined USTR in October, 2000 as the Senior Director of Telecommunications and E-commerce Trade Policy, negotiating numerous bilateral trade agreements in the area of telecom and e-commerce, and has since served various roles, such as Deputy Assistant United States Trade Representative (DAUSTR) for Services and Investment (2018-2021) and DAUSTR for APEC Affairs (2015-2018).
Mr. Schagrin has been actively involved in a variety of Services trade issues at USTR, including WTO issues and various Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations. He has also been involved in APEC meetings, advancing key U.S. priorities of free and open trade and investment, including in the areas of digital trade, services, and trade facilitation. Mr. Schagrin also worked at USTR’s Geneva office for seven years, primarily covering the World Trade Organization (WTO) services portfolio, having the lead responsibility of negotiations on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), as well as the negotiations on the expansion of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA).
Prior to joining USTR, Mr. Schagrin worked at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration within the Department of Commerce as Deputy Director of the Office of International Affairs. Before that, he worked in telecommunications, as well as a law firm representing telecom clients, and as a regulatory attorney at the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.
Mr. Schagrin earned a Bachelor of Arts from Clark University (1984), a JD from University at Buffalo, School of Law (1991), and an LLM from the Washington College of Law, the American University (1992), where he was also an adjunct professor of law teaching International Telecommunications Law from 1999-2002.