USTR - Josette Sheeran Shiner Sworn in as Deputy United States Trade Representative
Office of the United States Trade Representative


Josette Sheeran Shiner Sworn in as Deputy United States Trade Representative
Contact: Richard Mills / Ricardo Reyes | (202) 395-3230 08/06/2003

WASHINGTON - Today, Josette Sheeran Shiner was sworn in as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As part of her responsibilities, Sheeran Shiner will be the lead U.S. negotiator for trade issues involving East Asia, South Asia, and Africa. She will also oversee issues concerning labor and environment and trade capacity building. Sheeran Shiner was nominated to the deputy position by President George Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on August 1, 2003.

“Open markets benefit American workers, families, consumers and businesses, as well as providing hope and opportunity to the developing world,” said Sheeran Shiner. “President Bush and Ambassador Zoellick have restored America’s leadership in global trade liberalization, and I intend to do everything I can to maintain this momentum and to ensure that our trading partners implement their commitments to us.”

Before her nomination, Sheeran Shiner was the Associate U.S. Trade Representative and one of Zoellick’s top advisers, serving as a chief policy strategist on trade and globalization issues and overseeing numerous negotiating sectors as well as the agency’s communications and outreach operations.                                                                  

With a wide-ranging background in policy, journalism and the private sector, Sheeran Shiner brings a unique combination of talents to government service. Before joining USTR, she was managing director of Starpoint Solutions, a leading Wall Street technology firm that works with Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Starpoint, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Empower America.

During her tenure as managing editor of The Washington Times, she twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror, including for foreign reporting. As a reporter, she covered the White House, Congress and State Department and wrote a nationally syndicated column for Scripps Howard News Service. In 1997, Washingtonian magazine named Sheeran Shiner as one of Washington’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

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