Michael Froman

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Michael Froman
Michael Froman official portrait.jpg
17th United States Trade Representative
Incumbent
Assumed office
June 21, 2013
President Barack Obama
Deputy Miriam Sapiro
Preceded by Miriam Sapiro (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1962-08-20) August 20, 1962 (age 51)
San Rafael, California, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Nancy Goodman
Children Benjamin
Sarah
Jacob
Alma mater Princeton University
University of Oxford
Harvard University

Michael B. Froman (born August 20, 1962)[1] is the U.S. Trade Representative. He previously was Assistant to the President of the United States and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, a position to be held jointly at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council. His responsibilities included serving as the United States sherpa to the G7, G8, and G20 summits of economic powers.[2] On May 2, 2013 President Obama nominated him to succeed Ambassador Ron Kirk as the U.S. Trade Representative.[3][4] He was confirmed on June 19, 2013.

Early life and Education[edit]

Froman grew up in a Jewish family[5] in San Rafael and graduated from The Branson School.[6] Froman received an A.B. in Public and International Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University in 1985, a DPhil in International Relations entitled, The development of the idea of detente in American political discourse, 1952-1985, from Oxford University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School where he was a classmate of Barack Obama,[7][8] and also where he was an associate of Obama's on the Harvard Law Review.[9]

Career[edit]

Froman served as liaison of the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) legal assistance program in Albania. He was also a member of the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission in Brussels.[7]

Between January 1993 and December 1995, Froman was director for International Economic Affairs on the National Economic Council and the National Security Council.[7] He was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Eurasia and the Middle East, where his work was related to economic policy towards the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe, as well as economic components of the Dayton Accords.[7] Froman spent much of his career within the United States Department of the Treasury[7] where he rose to Chief of Staff in January 1997 and served until July 1999.

After the end of the Clinton administration Froman followed Robert Rubin from the Treasury Department to Citigroup .[9] Froman was a managing director at Citigroup, where he managed infrastructure and sustainable development investments.[10] He served as President and Chief Executive Officer of CitiInsurance, head of Emerging Markets Strategy at Citigroup and as Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.[7]

Froman and Obama were not in touch after their time at Harvard until Obama's Senate run, when Froman volunteered to advise Obama on policy; Froman introduced Obama to Robert Rubin.[9] Froman served on 12-member advisory board of the Obama campaign’s transition team.[2]

Froman was nominated on May 2, 2013 to serve as U.S. Trade Representative. Financial documents provided to the Senate Finance Committee showed he had nearly $500,000 in an offshore fund at Ugland House on the Cayman Islands, which Obama had once described as “the biggest tax scam in the world.” [11] The U.S. Senate confirmed Froman in a 93-4 vote on June 19, 2013.[12] One of the four dissenting senators was Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, who faulted Froman for "refusing to commit to [...] standards of transparency in trade talks set by the George W. Bush administration".[13] In 2013 congressional testimony Rep. Kevin Brady, Republican from Texas, criticized the EU low carbon fuel standard where tar-sands oil is classified by itself due to its higher carbon polluting impact compared to regular oil as a "discriminatory, environmentally unjustified" trade barrier, to which Froman responded, "I share your concerns," followed by a description of his work to "press the Commission to take the views of . . . U.S. refiners under consideration."[13]

Personal[edit]

Froman lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy Goodman.[9] They have one son, Benjamin, and one daughter, Sarah. His older son, Jacob, died in 2009 at age ten from a medulloblastoma, a rare form of pediatric brain cancer.[14]

Froman was active as a teen in BBYO serving as the 56th International President in 1980[15] and spoke at the BBYO International Convention in Washington, D.C. in February 2013.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://white-house-staff.theblaze.com/l/1047/Froman-Michael-B
  2. ^ a b "Michael Froman '91 joins White House in joint security, economic post" Harvard Law School: New and Events, 2-3-09. Note updated 2-18-09.
  3. ^ Associated Press (2013-05-02) "Obama nominates economic adviser Michael Froman as next US trade representative", The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  4. ^ Epstein, Jennifer (2013-05-02) "President Obama picks Penny Pritzker for Commerce, Michael Froman for trade rep", Politico. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
  5. ^ Jewish News Service Algemeiner: "Obama Cites US-Israel Bond in Jewish American Heritage Month Declaration" May 1, 2013
  6. ^ The Marin Independent Journal: "Marin native Froman tapped by Obama to be U.S. trade representative" May 2, 2013
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Commission on Private Sector and Development". UNDP. Retrieved 2008-11-06. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Obama's Handful: The New Yorkers Who May Be Going to Washington by Jason Horowitz, The New York Observer, 10-28-08". Retrieved 2008-11-06. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Candidates for Obama's Inner Circle | MICHAEL FROMAN" by Jodi Kantor, The New York Times, Nov. 19, 2008. Retrieved 2-18-09./
  10. ^ New York Times: "Financial Industry Paid Millions to Obama Aide" By JEFF ZELENY April 3, 2009
  11. ^ Weisman, Jomathan (June 4, 2013). "U.S. Trade Nominee Has $490,000 in Cayman Fund". NYT. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00158
  13. ^ a b Dickinson, Tim (3 February 2014). "How the U.S. Exports Global Warming". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Kids v Cancer: "Nancy Goodman Biography" retrieved June 4, 2013
  15. ^ BBYO: "Past Grand Aleph Godolim of the Aleph Zadik Aleph" retrieved June 4, 2013
  16. ^ Kansas City Jewish Chronicle: "Local teens join thousands at BBYO International Convention" February 28 2013


Political offices
Preceded by
Miriam Sapiro
Acting
United States Trade Representative
2013–present
Incumbent