Navigating the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Navigating the Trans-Pacific Partnershp
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Sponsored by the CSG International Committee

The United States and 11 other nations announced in October that they had reached an agreement on the multilateral trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.  These nations collectively have a market size of nearly 800 million consumers and account for nearly 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. Exports of U.S. goods to TPP nations totaled $698 billion in 2013, or about 45 percent of total U.S. exports, and a finalized deal would yield even greater trade with TPP countries. A 2012 analysis by the Peterson Institute for International Economics estimated that a TPP agreement could generate nearly $124 billion in new U.S. exports to those nations. During this session, experts from the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the United States Department of Commerce discussed the details of the TPP agreement and what it means for your state.


Ed Gresser, Acting Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Trade Policy and Economics for The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Office

  Download the presentation "Trans-Pacific Partnership" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio) 

Brie Knox, Director, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service Nashville

  Download the presentation "Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Overview" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio)

Leslee T. Alexander, Director of International Trade, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 

 Download the handouts in PDF: "Tennessee Exports, Jobs, and Foreign Investment" and "Tennessee: Supporting Made–in–America Exports and Jobs"
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Ann Pardalos, Manager, Missouri International Trade & Investment Office

  Download the presentation "Navigating the Trans-Pacific Partnership" in PDF (without audio) as a Video (with audio)

Speaker Biographies:

Ed Gresser

Gresser joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on March 9, after serving as director and co-founder of the think tank Progressive Economy since 2011, where his research focused on U.S. trade policy, implications of the U.S. trade regime for lower-income Americans and overseas development, and Internet trade and data flow. Before launching Progressive Economy, he was director of the Trade and Global Markets Project at the Democratic Leadership Council and Progressive Policy Institute. He served as policy adviser for U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky during the second Clinton term from 1998-2001, and as legislative assistant and policy director for then-Sen. Max Baucus (now U.S. Ambassador to China) from 1993-98. In 2013, he received the Washington International Trade Association’s Lighthouse Award for contribution over the course of a career to U.S. trade policy. He is a graduate of Stanford and Columbia Universities.

Brie Knox

Knox leads the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service office in Nashville, Tenn., where she works with U.S. companies in Middle Tennessee to facilitate their export sales. Previously, Knox worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce in New Orleans for more than six years. In addition, she also has worked for FedEx Services, JPMorgan Chase and PNC Bank.  The U.S. Commercial Service is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration, with a global network of international trade specialists in more than 100 U.S. offices and nearly 130 offices located in U.S. embassies and consulates in more than 70 countries overseas. The mission of the Commercial Service is to promote the export of U.S. goods and services, particularly by small and medium-sized businesses, and to represent U.S. business interests internationally.

Leslee T. Alexander

In her role at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Alexander focuses on promoting exports from the state and attracting foreign investment. She manages bilateral trade activities, plans trade missions for the governor, and facilitates trade opportunities and education activities across the state. Alexander also manages a small team of in-country trade representatives who assist businesses throughout the European Union and Latin America, as well as a regionally based team of export assistance consultants.

Ann Pardalos

Pardalos manages the overall strategy and daily operations for the International Trade & Investment Office of Missouri, including the state’s network of global offices in China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea. She works directly with the governor to support Missouri’s international business efforts, including leading foreign trade missions, attracting foreign direct investment and helping more companies export abroad. In addition, Pardalos is the current president of the State International Development Organizations, or SIDO, the only organization representing state international trade offices that works to increase coordination with federal agencies.  She earned an MBA (Cum Laude) from Cardean University and completed her undergraduate work in business administration at the University of Missouri-Columbia.