U.S. Trade Representative for Economic Affairs, Chief
David A. Walters is the chief
economist at USTR responsible for economic analysis related to trade
negotiations. His office assists USTR negotiators in analyzing the economic
impact of pending trade agreements, and prepares numerous reports examining the
benefits of trade and economic growth.
Mr. Walters has nearly two
decades of experience as an economist specializing in trade issues. During that
time the increasing number of trade agreements and growth of the global economy
has created a greater demand for economic analysis. Mr. Walters prepares
numerous reports that assist U.S. negotiators in assessing the impact of
“I believe we’re building a
system in which prosperity will grow. We’re doing something to benefit Americans
directly through increased prosperity, and indirectly by helping to assure a
more peaceful world,” he says.
Before joining USTR, Mr. Walters
worked at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the American
Paper Institute in New York. Mr. Walters holds degrees from Brown University,
the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Graduate Institute of
International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, where he taught
A native of Providence, R.I., Mr.
Walters is a Vietnam-era Army veteran.