Carlos Romero joined the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in October 2008, and was named Deputy Assistant USTR for Labor in September 2009. In this capacity he coordinates trade and labor issues for USTR and serves as U.S. negotiator for the labor provisions of free trade agreements. He is currently the lead U.S. negotiator for the labor aspects of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations with the European Union. Mr.
Romero was also a key negotiator for the Colombian Labor Action Plan Related to Labor Rights, which was developed to address labor rights concerns and support ratification of the United States – Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement in 2011. Prior to joining USTR, Mr. Romero spent eight years at the U.S. Department of Labor where he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Trade and Labor Affairs (OTLA) from 2006 – 2008. As OTLA’s Deputy, Mr.
Romero led efforts to develop U.S. policy on international trade and labor issues, conduct research on worker rights and the employment effects of trade agreements, and carry out over $100 million in programs to assist countries to improve labor practices. Mr. Romero also served as an International Economist while at the Department of Labor, and was a U.S. negotiator for the Labor Chapters of free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama, the Republic of Korea and a regional agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic. A native of Los Angeles, California, Mr. Romero holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University