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DLC | Bio | February 23, 2010
Edward Gresser
President and Director, Trade and Global Markets Project

Ed Gresser is President of the Democratic Leadership Council and Director of the DLC's Project on Trade and Global Markets.

Joining the DLC after eight years at the Progressive Policy Institute, Gresser was appointed President on March 30, 2010, and directs the DLC's events and policy development.

Gresser also serves as Senior Fellow and Director of Trade and Global Markets. In this capacity he is one of the country's best-respected trade and global-economy experts. His major research focuses, at the DLC and earlier at PPI, include economic relations between the west and the Muslim world; East Asian integration and American trade relations with China; and the U.S. tariff system and its effects on low-income American shoppers and development prospects in poor countries, along with many other issues. Mr. Gresser also created the widely praised "Trade Fact of the Week" electronic information service, which covers issues from the revival of high-seas piracy to robot use around the world, Ethiopia's leading role in birdseed trade, shoe tariffs and international adoption. His research has been cited by leaders of the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, the IMF and other institutions, and covered by major publications and news outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Financial Times, The Far Eastern Economic Review, and others.His first book, Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy, was published in November 2007.

Before joining PPI in 2001, Mr. Gresser served as Policy Advisor to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. In this position, from April 1998 through the close of the Clinton Administration, he was the USTR's principal policy advisor, speechwriter and research aide. In a span of three years, Mr. Gresser twice received USTR's prestigious "Special Achievement Award," first for contribution to passage of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and Caribbean Basin Initiative enhancement, and then for accomplishment "far above and beyond the call of duty" in the negotiation of China's WTO accession agreement and passage of permanent Normal Trade Relations.

Earlier, as Legislative Assistant and then Policy Director for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) between 1993 and 1998, Mr. Gresser was responsible for staff work on trade foreign policy and other matters, with particular focus on developing and building broad consensus for a policy of engagement in China. Before joining Baucus' staff, Mr. Gresser worked for the consulting firm Podesta Associates, and as a Legislative Assistant for Congressman Silvio Conte of Massachusetts.

Mr. Gresser graduated from Stanford University with Distinction in Political Science in 1984. He earned a Master's Degree from Columbia University and a Certificate from the Averell Harriman Institute for Advanced Study of the Soviet Union in 1987. He is an Advisory Board Member for the Trade, Aid and Security Coalition (http://www.tascglobal.org/), an informal Advocacy Advisor for the Thai Alliance in the USA (http://taausa.org/), and a board member of the Washington International Trade Association (www.wita.org). He teaches a graduate course on trade policy at Johns Hopkins University, and on weekends volunteers as an essay-writing and American history tutor for Thai-American teenagers. He and his wife Siriporn Gresser have one son.

Mr. Gresser can be contacted at egresser@dlc.org

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