USTR - Carmen Suro-Bredie
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The Office of the United States Trade Representative

Carmen Suro-Bredie

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Policy Coordination

Carmen Suro-Bredie is the Assistant United States Trade Representative for Policy Coordination, and responsible for the organization's strategic planning and interagency policy formulation.

Mrs. Suro-Bredie served as the Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa where she helped design the Free Trade Area of the Americas, approved by the Heads of State of the Western Hemisphere. She was also the Assistant U. S. Trade Representative for the Environment and Intellectual Property, creating the first environment office at USTR.

Mrs. Suro-Bredie's career spans work on several continents, including the negotiation of bilateral agreements with over 30 countries. She was a member of the negotiating teams for the Canada Free Trade Area, the North American Free Trade Area and the Uruguay Round. She has led delegations to several international organizations including the OECD, the GATT, UNCTAD and the OAS.

From 1987 to 1989, Mrs. Suro-Bredie was on loan to the White House, as Deputy Executive Secretary to the Cabinet-level Economic Policy Council. In this position, she coordinated trade policy issues requiring Presidential approval. In addition to this White House assignment, she was also Senior Policy Advisor to the Presidential Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy.

Prior to her career at USTR, Mrs. Suro-Bredie was a member of the diplomatic corps, serving as first secretary at the U.S. Embassies in Singapore and Paris.

Carmen Suro-Bredie holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School (with Second Year Honors), where she was a COGME Fellow. In addition, she has an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. in Political Science from Manhattanville College. She is fluent in Spanish, French and Italian.