Amy A. Karpel, a Democrat of Washington State, was sworn in today as a Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). She was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1, 2019, for the term expiring on June 16, 2023.
Commissioner Karpel comes to the USITC after serving more than 13 years at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), including as Chief Counsel for Negotiations, Legislation and Administrative Law and Director for Environment and Natural Resources. She began her USTR career in 2004 as an Assistant and, later, an Associate General Counsel.
While at USTR, Commissioner Karpel engaged in the negotiation and implementation of U.S. international trade agreements and served as lead counsel in disputes before the World Trade Organization. She handled a range of international trade matters, including with respect to intellectual property, technical barriers to trade, labor and environmental protections, and information communication technology.
Prior to her USTR service, Commissioner Karpel was an associate attorney at the law firm of Stewart and Stewart in Washington, DC, where she represented clients in antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.
Commissioner Karpel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the Washington College of Law at American University. Originally from Olympia, WA, she resides in Washington, DC, with her husband and daughter.
The USITC is an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency. The agency investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate U.S. intellectual property rights; provides independent analysis and information on tariffs, trade, and competitiveness to the President and the Congress; and maintains the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule.