Lisa Wang Sworn in as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance
For Immediate Release
January 6, 2022
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Lisa Wang, President Joseph R. Biden’s nominee for Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance, was officially sworn in today.
As the top trade remedy enforcement post within the Department of Commerce, Wang will oversee the Enforcement and Compliance (E&C) division of the International Trade Administration (ITA) which supports economic growth by maintaining a fair and rules-based system of international trade. E&C has the primary responsibility of enforcing the U.S. antidumping and countervailing duty laws that maintain a level playing field for American industries in the face of unfair foreign trade practices. E&C also leverages its expertise in compliance by holding U.S. trading partners accountable to their obligations under existing multilateral, regional, and bilateral trade agreements. To encourage manufacturing activity and investment in the United States, E&C also administers the U.S. Foreign Trade Zones program, which provides cost-savings to major domestic industries and supports the creation of American jobs.
“I am very excited to have Lisa lead our trade enforcement and compliance efforts at the Department of Commerce,” said Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo. “Lisa’s extensive knowledge in international trade policy and litigation experience representing U.S. industry will ensure that U.S. trade laws are being rigorously enforced and that we are countering unfair trade practices in international markets. She will be a key component of the Biden-Harris Administration’s pledge to strictly enforce trade laws and ensure American products remain competitive both at home and overseas.”
“I thank the Administration for entrusting me with this position and I thank Secretary Raimondo for supporting my nomination and confirmation,” said Assistant Secretary Wang. “I have devoted my career to defending U.S. industries in international trade and I will continue to work tirelessly to seek a level playing field against unfair subsidization and dumping. No business should be undercut by unfair foreign trade practices and I will make sure we counter with strong and effective trade enforcement that asserts America’s role in global trade. When trade is fair, no one can beat the American worker.”
Born to Chinese immigrants, Wang grew up in New York state and has built her career defending U.S. companies and American industries against unfair foreign trade policies. She began her career at a private law firm and later served as the Senior Import Administration Officer for the Department of Commerce at the U.S. Embassy in China. Wang then served as an Assistant General Counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) where she defended the U.S. in World Trade Organization (WTO) disputes that sought to overturn U.S. countervailing duty laws and weaken American trade enforcement efforts. She also led WTO disputes against foreign countries to stop their use of industrial policies that target the United States and other export markets.
Wang also served in the Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance within the Department of Commerce before becoming a partner at a private law firm where she specialized in trade policy issues and international trade law, including antidumping and countervailing duty litigation.
She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.
About the International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information on ITA visit www.trade.gov.