A breakfast and conversation with the Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2005-2009) and chair of the Albright Stonebridge Group.
In light of President Trump’s recent announcements of tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, and as his administration more broadly pursues economic protectionist policies, Secretary Carlos Gutierrez has remained a vociferous defender of free trade. As U.S. Secretary of Commerce under President George W. Bush, Secretary Gutierrez played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that removed trade barriers, expanded export opportunities, and boosted foreign investment in the United States.
As the United States seems to move away from the trade policies of previous Democratic and Republican administrations, what effects will this rise in protectionism have on American businesses, and on our standing as a global leader in the international financial regime? What recourse will our businesses and consumers have if trade negotiations, such as the ongoing renegotiations for NAFTA, affect our trading relationships for the worse?
The Honorable Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Secretary of Commerce (2005-2009)
Carlos Gutierrez is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. Secretary Gutierrez served as U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2005 to 2009 under President George W. Bush, where he worked with foreign government and business leaders to advance economic relationships, enhance trade, and promote U.S. exports. Secretary Gutierrez also played a key role in the passage of landmark free trade agreements that remove trade barriers, expand export opportunities, and boost global investment. Read more.
Ms. Anne-Catherine Briand-Fortin, Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations, Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles
Anne-Catherine Briand-Fortin is the director of public affairs and government relations in the Quebec Government Office in Los Angeles. Read more.