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Christopher W. Wenk is executive director of international policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Wenk is responsible for promoting the Chamber’s international trade agenda, including bilateral free trade agreements, multilateral negotiations under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) with the administration, on Capitol Hill, and in the business community.
Since joining the Chamber in 2007, Wenk played a leading role in successful campaigns to win bipartisan congressional passage of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, Peru, and South Korea. He also led the Chamber’s efforts to secure Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia and reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, among other trade initiatives.
Wenk plays a key role in the Chamber’s efforts related to the work of the Geneva-based WTO, including negotiations to expand manufacturing and services trade and to promote trade facilitation. He has led numerous delegations of Chamber member companies to Geneva to meet with key WTO officials to press U.S. business priorities. Wenk also serves as staff executive for the Chamber’s International Policy Committee and Trade Task Force, which develop policy positions and recommendations on international trade and investment.
Previously, Wenk was director of international trade policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industry trade association. At NAM, he advocated on behalf of its members on international trade issues with the administration and Congress. He also worked with NAM policy organizations to formulate positions on trade issues and managed industry group coalitions to support manufacturing priorities, including the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB).
Before joining NAM, Wenk spent more than five years working on Capitol Hill. He worked for the House Small Business Committee, Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Dave Camp (R-MI), who is now chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He also interned at the Delegation of the European Commission in Washington, D.C.
Wenk has appeared on CSPAN’s Washington Journal, PBS’ Nightly Business Report, and CNBC’s Morning Call. He was born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, graduating with a degree in criminal justice and Spanish. Wenk received a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Silver Spring, Maryland, with their three daughters, Olivia, Madeleine, and Violet, and son, Brady.