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Marjorie A. Chorlins is vice president for European Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, where she is responsible for developing, promoting, and executing U.S.-based programs and policies related to trade and investment in Europe. She also spearheads the Chamber’s Washington-based efforts to secure a comprehensive and ambitious Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) and manages the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT).
With more than 25 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, Chorlins has focused on forging consensus among competing points of view. She has represented the U.S. government in multilateral trade negotiations, advocated in support of global sales, and consulted with multinational corporations on corporate responsibility.
Chorlins began her federal government service in the office of former Sen. John C. Danforth (R-MO). Through active participation in drafting the 1988 Trade Act and the 1989 implementing legislation for the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement, she gained firsthand experience in managing the intersection of public, private, and independent sector priorities. She continued her government service as principal deputy assistant secretary for Import Administration at the Department of Commerce, representing the United States in the GATT Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations.
From 1992 to 1998, Chorlins was director for international trade relations at Motorola Inc. She played a leadership role in early business community efforts to normalize U.S.-China commercial relations and was an early proponent of a balanced approach in addressing commercial, human rights, and environmental priorities.
In 1998, Chorlins became executive vice president of Business for Social Responsibility. With the CEO, she developed the strategic direction for and managed the continued growth of the organization, which provides information and technical assistance on socially responsible business practices.
She rejoined Motorola’s government relations organization in June 2000 as senior director of advocacy & global strategy. She leveraged political resources to support Motorola’s international sales and to resolve matters of strategic importance to the corporation. Chorlins served as director of government & regulatory affairs at Lockheed Martin from 2007 to 2011, where she managed the international portfolio and focused on export control reform and defense trade policy.
Chorlins is fluent in French and proficient in Spanish. She holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. in French from Wellesley College.
This weekend, the European Union celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.
Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign head of state to meet with President Donald J. Trump.