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Garrett Workman joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in June 2015. His work focuses on promoting transatlantic trade and investment, European digital economy and energy issues, and U.S.-EU regulatory cooperation. Workman actively supports the work of the Chamber’s U.S.-UK Business Council, promoting a minimally disruptive British exit from the European Union and strengthening the close economic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. In addition, Workman manages the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade, which brings together leading voices from the private sector to promote jobs, growth, and increased competitiveness via an ambitious transatlantic trade and regulatory cooperation agenda.
Previously, Workman spent four years as associate director of the Global Business and Economics program at the Atlantic Council. There he concentrated on a range of issues including the eurozone crisis, workforce development, and international trade. Workman played a leadership role in the Council’s advocacy efforts for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). He was managing editor of the TTIP Action email newsletter and the social media campaign. Workman authored a number of Council publications including TTIP and the Fifty States: Jobs and Growth from Coast to Coast and TTIP: Big Opportunities for Small Business, as well as numerous blogs and op-eds. He was also involved in the Council’s efforts to raise awareness of the economic and geopolitical importance of both Trade Promotion Authority and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Before joining the Atlantic Council, Workman served in the office of former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), advising the senator on economic policy and international issues. He also worked at Atlantic Partnership, a think tank dedicated to strengthening U.S.-U.K. ties.
Originally from Phoenix, Workman earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s in transatlantic relations and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Sciences Po in Paris. He speaks fluent French and has a limited proficiency in Spanish.
At last week's TTIP negotiating round in New York City, the Chamber made the case that TTIP must include a strong digital trade chapter.
The U.S. Chamber and BDI issued a joint statement at the Hannover Messe in support of an ambitious and high-standard TTIP agreement.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many of our member companies are deeply concerned about the broad implications of the ECJ’s recent Schrems decision to invalidate the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor data transfer agreement. If transfers of personal data to jurisdictions deemed inadequate—now defined as places (including the United States) that lack “sufficient democratic controls” over law enforcement and national security activities—are prohibited, then the Court’s finding that Safe Harbor no longer serves to provide “adequate” protections is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
Earlier this month, the European Commission released its 2016 work plan, appropriately entitled, “No time for business as usual."