WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today announced the appointment of Heather Hurlburt as Chief of Staff. Hurlburt is a veteran foreign policy leader who will help guide and manage the agency as it continues to implement President Biden’s vision for a trade policy that delivers inclusive prosperity.
“I am thrilled to welcome Heather Hurlburt into the USTR family, and I look forward to leveraging her judgement, expertise and leadership at a critical time for our agency and U.S. trade policy,” said Ambassador Katherine Tai. “Heather’s wealth of experience and top-notch management skills developed over an impressive career in and outside of government will help USTR navigate a wide-range of challenges and develop sound solutions to some of the most difficult domestic economic and foreign policy issues we face.”
Heather Hurlburt Biography
Heather Hurlburt is the incoming Chief of Staff at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Most recently, she directed the New Models of Policy Change project at New America’s Political Reform program. Her work explored the intersection of international affairs policy and domestic political polarization and developed policy approaches that respond to those challenging conditions on topics from trade and climate to political violence to nuclear security. The project was a hub for analysis and convening around questions of diversity, gender and equity in international affairs.
Before joining New America, she held senior positions in conflict prevention and international affairs advocacy; served in the Clinton Administration as a speechwriter and member of the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning staff, and as a Special Assistant and speechwriter to President Bill Clinton; and worked on Capitol Hill and on the US Delegation to the OSCE. She is a co-founder of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, serves on the board of Saferworld USA, and holds degrees from Brown and George Washington Universities.