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Beth Baltzan


Beth Baltzan is a fellow at Open Markets and focuses on the impact of monopoly power on trade and its consequences for national security.

Beth served as Democratic Counsel to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee from 2012 to 2016, where she worked on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement. In 2015, Beth was the principal staffer on three bills (customs, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and preferences for developing programs) and routinely collaborated with Republican counterparts.

Beth was Associate General Counsel in the Office of the United States Trade Representative from 2003 to 2009, where she participated in the World Trade Organization and other trade agreement negotiations, while also litigating trade disputes.

Between 2009 and 2012, Baltzan worked for the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and was detailed to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, where she was a principal author of the JP Morgan London Whale report.

Beth has appeared on CNBC’s Closing Bell and Fox Business’ Making Money with Charles Payne. She has also been published in the L.A. Times.  She graduated from Stanford University in 1991 and earned her JD from Georgetown University Law Center in 1996.

Latest Work

The Old-School Answer to Global Trade

Date Published: April 5, 2019

Amid controversy over President Trump’s “new NAFTA”, Open Markets fellow Beth Baltzan joins the trade debate with a groundbreaking essay on the Washington Monthly calling for a bold rethink of America’s trade policies to curb corporate power, protect workers and the environment.

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