Elissa Alben

Currently serving as International Trade Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee (Democratic Staff), Ms. Alben’s responsibilities include matters relating to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, general trade issues involving the Asia-Pacific, the World Trade Organization, and trade enforcement. Ms. Alben came to the Committee after eight years at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Enforcement and Monitoring and Associate General Counsel. At USTR, she helped oversee a wide range of enforcement matters arising from WTO and U.S. free trade agreement obligations, served as chief lawyer for the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and the United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement, and advised on issues including U.S. tariff preference programs, market access, customs, and telecommunications.  She also represented the United States before WTO panels and the WTO Appellate Body.

Prior to USTR, Ms. Alben worked for three years as an associate in the international trade department at Steptoe & Johnson LLP in Washington, DC.

Ms. Alben received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, concentrating in East Asian Studies, and her law degree from Columbia Law School.