Global Initiatives Council

clientuploads/Council Icons/GlobalInitiatives.pngThe Global Initiatives Council works to develop programs and events to promote global trade and investment to create regional employment.


 >> Read the 2019 Trade Policy Recommendations

  • Support the Administration’s efforts and urge the U.S. Congress to approve the new U.S. – Mexico – Canada (USMCA) free trade agreement.
  • Urge the Administration to engage in constructive dialogue and negotiations with China to address legitimate concerns in a reasonable manner that will de-escalate the trade war and ensure a sustainable, mutually beneficial bilateral trade relationship between the US and China.
  • Support any remaining necessary implementation measures to ensure that the U.S. - Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) remains in effect.
  • Support the continuing discussions under the U.S. - Japan Economic Dialogue and initiation of the U.S. – Japan free trade agreement negotiations.
  • Support a trade dialogue, which would successfully lead to a future U.S. - UK trade agreement, and U.S. – EU trade agreement.
  • Ensure full U.S. engagement in modernizing the World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and regulations to strengthen the rule of law in the multi-lateral trading system; and urge the Administration to support the WTO dispute settlement system.
  • Support new bilateral free trade agreements with key trading partners in lieu of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
  • Encourage the U.S. Government to establish a closer trade and investment relationship with the newly elected governments in Latin America.
  • Urge the U.S. Government to suspend the aluminum and steel tariffs.
  • Urge the Administration to implement export control rules that protect US national security interests without unnecessarily restricting trade and export opportunities for US companies.
  • Recommend that the U.S. make efforts to harmonize competition policy and antitrust standards as applied to technology companies to ensure consistent transparency and due process in all jurisdictions.


Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
9:30 - 11 a.m.





President of German Marshall Fund addresses Global Initiatives Council, Nov. 14

In an era of unease in the transatlantic relationship, negotiations on trade have recently emerged with potential to reinvigorate the bond between the U.S. and Europe. Dr. Karen Donfried, president of the German Marshall Fund, addressed these issues as she sheds light on the existing EU-U.S. trade relationship, the current state of trade negotiations between the two nations. Dr. Donfried noted that business has a key role to play in preserving transatlantic relations; business must weigh in on the important discussions to highlight the major economic benefits of maintaining a strong and positive trade relationship between the EU and the US.  Maintaining a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) works to strengthen cooperation through convening leaders on transatlantic issues relevant to policymakers. In 2017, the E.U. and the Los Angeles region reached $47 billion in bilateral trade. Trade between the EU and California totaled $75 billion. SEE PHOTOS.



This council meets most third Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Meetings will take place at the L.A. Area Chamber.

 DATE Feb. 13
March 20 June 19
Aug. 21
Oct. 16
Nov. 20
 LOCATION Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber Chamber 


 Date      Meeting Materials    

Feb. 21: 2018 Economic Outlook


March 21: The Global E-Commerce Boom in Asia - Best Practices, Trends and Opportunities


June 21: Made in China 2025


Aug. 15: How To Identify & Compete Effectively for World Bank Financed Contracts: A Conversation On the New Procurement Framework

Agenda, Presentation

& Video

Oct. 17: The Fourth Industrial Revolution


Nov 14: Transatlantic Trade: A Tie That Binds




Free & Fair Trade

The L.A. Area Chamber has actively supported and advocated for the passage of previous Free Trade Agreements, with the belief that trade is not the problem but part of the solution. The Chamber is committed to collaborating with partnering organizations to effectively work together to support the enforcement of trade agreements, protection of intellectual property and promotion of direct foreign investment and constructive dialogue.



Once a month, the L.A. Area Chamber produces a brief that includes trade news from around the world. The brief is a Global Initiatives Council exclusive email that is later available online.



Access to key information and resources is one of the tools that the Council strives to provide its members. Under the leadership of Dr. Anatoly Zhuplev, professor at Loyola Marymount University and Council Co-chair, a team of LMU students are compiling research for pertinent topics. 



For more information, contact Jasmin Sakai-Gonzalez, 213.580.7569.


Global Initiatives

2019 Global Initiatives Council Leadership:

Steve Nissen

Steve Nissen
SVP, Legal & Government Affairs, NBCUniversal

Brian Peck

Vice Chair
International Trade Policy
Brian Peck
Director, Transnational Law & Business Center,
USC Gould School of Law


Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Patricia Elliott
Consul & Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles

Amb. Marcia Loureiro

Vice Chair
Diplomatic & Commercial Officers Group
Amb. Marcia Loureiro
Consul General, Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles

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