Eissenstat New Assistant USTR for the Americas
WASHINGTON - United States Trade Representative Rob Portman today announced
an addition to the senior staff at USTR. Everett Eissenstat begins on January
"Everett Eissenstat brings a wealth of trade know-how to this position both
from the legislative and executive branches," said Ambassador Portman. "As we
pursue important priorities in the Western Hemisphere, he will help lead our
efforts. We welcome him to the USTR team."
Everett Eissenstat - Assistant USTR for the Americas
Mr. Eissenstat will be responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade
policy in the Americas.
Before joining USTR, Eissenstat served as the Chief International Trade
Counsel to the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, Senator Chuck
Grassley (R-IA) where he advised the Chairman on all international trade matters
before the Committee and coordinated the international trade work of the Finance
Committee Republicans. His legislative responsibilities included Trade Promotion
Authority, implementation of free trade agreements, preferential trade
arrangements, and sanctions policy. He was also responsible for the oversight of
U.S. government international trade agencies.
Before joining the Committee, Eissenstat was the Legislative Director to
Congressman Jim Kolbe (R AZ), where he advised the Congressman on international
trade matters, appropriations and foreign affairs. Previously, he worked as a
Special Assistant in the Office of the Western Hemisphere at the Office of the
USTR. From 1994 to 1995 he was employed as an attorney with the law firm of
Dixon and Dixon in Dallas, Texas, where he practiced commercial and customs
litigation for the firm. Eissenstat also served as a member of the 2000
Presidential Transition Team for the Office of the United States Trade
Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Import Administration,
and the International Trade Commission.
Eissenstat received his juris doctorate cum laude from the University of
Oklahoma where he also served as Research Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. He
also earned a M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at
Austin and a B.S. in Political Science and Spanish from Oklahoma State
University. Eissenstat resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Janet and