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  • Eyes on Trade is a blog by the staff of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch (GTW) division. GTW aims to promote democracy by challenging corporate globalization, arguing that the current globalization model is neither a random inevitability nor "free trade." Eyes on Trade is a space for interested parties to share information about globalization and trade issues, and in particular for us to share our watchdogging insights with you! GTW director Lori Wallach's initial post explains it all.


Eyes On Trade Author Biographies

Justin Fisk is the Senior Researcher for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch where he leads research efforts on international trade developments. Prior to joining Global Trade Watch, Fisk was the policy associate of federal and international affairs at the Council of State Governments, the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. There, he assisted states in improving their export promotion programs designed to help small businesses export. Fisk has also held a variety of full-time internships at the trade law firm Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg; the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee at the Department of Commerce; the Office of Western Hemisphere at the United States Trade Representative’s Office; and the Technology and Public Policy Program and the Center for International and Strategic Studies. Fisk is a graduate of The George Washington University where he obtained a Master’s in International Affairs. He earned his B.A. at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia.

Melanie Foley is International Program Associate for Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she assists the international campaigns director with GTW’s international program work. She joined the GTW team in the Summer of 2013 as a Legislative Assistant and Scheduler. Before that, as a Legislative Policy and Research Assistant for the environmental non-profit, Appalachian Voices, she educated congressional offices and wrote extensively on big coal's efforts to subvert regulatory measures against mountaintop removal coal mining. During college, she worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern, and on the Potomac River as an outdoor adventure sports instructor. She attended the University of Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in Government and Politics and a Master in Public Policy

Peter Maybarduk is Access to Medicines Program Director at Public Citizen. In this role he advises governments and civil society groups around the world on their rights to promote universal access to medicines under intellectual property rules. This year Peter's work with partners yielded major HIV/AIDS drug price reductions in Colombia and new state access to medicines policies in Ecuador. Peter's current work focuses in part on protecting competition and access under trade agreements and intellectual property enforcement policies, and on appropriate policy responses to criminally adulterated or falsified medicines. Peter has co-founded and coordinated several volunteer-run advocacy and assistance groups, including International Professional Partnerships for Sierra Leone (IPPSL), dedicated to supporting public sector development in one of the world's least developed countries. Peter studied law at the University of California at Berkeley and anthropology at the College of William and Mary.

Melinda St. Louis is International Campaigns Director with Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, where she works with international allies to roll-back WTO financial deregulation and to stop expansion of harmful trade agreements. Before joining Global Trade Watch, Ms. St. Louis was director of policy and campaigns for Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 organizations dedicated to ending the cycle of crippling debts Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is the former executive director of Witness for Peace, a national grassroots organization that supports peace, justice and sustainable economies in Latin America and the Caribbean by challenging harmful U.S. military and economic policies in the region. As mid-Atlantic organizer for the Campaign for Labor Rights, she mobilized consumer campaigns in support of workers’ struggles in sweatshops across the globe. Ms. St. Louis has lived and worked in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and currently serves on the boards of the Latin America Working Group and Witness for Peace. She received a M.P.P. in International Policy and Development from Georgetown University.

Lori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch. A Harvard-trained lawyer, Wallach has promoted the public interest regarding globalization and international commercial agreements in every forum: Congress and foreign parliaments, the courts, government agencies, and the media. Described as "Ralph Nader with a sense of humor" in a Wall Street Journal profile, "the Trade Debate's Guerrilla Warrior" in the National Journal, and "Madame Defarge of Seattle" by the Institute for International Economics, Wallach has testified on NAFTA, GATT-WTO, and other trade issues before over 30 U.S. congressional committees, numerous other countries’ legislatures, the U.S. International Trade Commission and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Wallach’s work in "translating" arcane trade legalese – indeed, entire proposed international commercial agreements – into relevant, accessible prose has had significant national and international impact.

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