Ambassador Katherine Tai appoints Elizabeth Baltzan as Senior Advisor

April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – Ambassador Katherine Tai released the following statement on the appointment of Elizabeth Baltzan as a Senior Advisor to the United States Trade Representative.

“Beth Baltzan has a wealth of trade and economic policy experience that will be a huge benefit to USTR and the Biden-Harris administration as we work to expand economic opportunity and increase American competitiveness. Having previously served two stints at USTR, the Public Accounting Oversight Board during the financial crisis, and the United States House Ways and Means Committee, she understands the connective tissues in our economy and I look forward to leaning on her expertise and guidance as we shape a worker-centric trade policy.”

Elizabeth Baltzan Biography

Beth Baltzan serves as a Senior Advisor to the U.S. Trade Representative.  Ms. Baltzan previously served as an attorney at USTR from 2003 to 2009. In 2009, Ms. Baltzan joined the Office of International Affairs at the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, working on oversight in the wake of the financial crisis. In 2012, the PCAOB detailed Ms. Baltzan to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where she investigated banking practices. Ms. Baltzan then served as Democratic Trade Counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee from 2012 to 2016. After returning to USTR to work on litigation matters, in 2017 Ms. Baltzan formed her own trade consultancy practice. She was also a fellow at the Open Markets Institute.

Ms. Baltzan received her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, with honors, from Stanford University.