Ed Gresser joined PPI as Director of the Project on Trade and Global Markets in February, 2001, after a 10-year career in the U.S. Congress and the Clinton Administration.
His first book, "Freedom From Want: American Liberalism and the Global Economy," was published in November 2007.
Mr. Gresser's major research focuses have included economic relations between the west and the Muslim world, East Asian integration and American trade relations with China, the U.S. tariff system and its effects on low-income families and least-developed countries, as well as inter-American relations, competitiveness and worker adjustment, trends in American manufacturing, international finance and the relationship between trade, labor and environmental issues.
Before joining PPI, Mr. Gresser served as Policy Advisor to U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky. In this position, from April 1998 through the end 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.
Before that Mr. Gresser served as Legislative Assistant and then Policy Director for Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) between 1993 and 1998.
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 married to Siriporn Gresser, and they have one son.