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Patrick Schaefer

Senior Vice President, Center for Global Trade and Foreign Investment
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Patrick Schaefer has joined the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce as the new Senior Vice President of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment.  He will lead the Chamber’s global affairs and trade initiatives.

In his role, Schaefer will report directly to President & CEO, Maria S. Salinas and will also be responsible for leading the Chamber’s strategic plan and revenue generation to develop and implement global trade and investment opportunities, in the form of seminars, events,workshops and foreign trade missions.

Schaefer has extensive international and trade sector experience. Prior to joining the Chamber, Schaefer was the founding Executive Director of the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness at the University of Texas in El Paso. The Institute is an innovative strategic research platform that produces actionable quantitative and legal analysis of critical sectors and international trade and investment flows across North American, transatlantic, and transpacific markets.

Prior to founding the Institute, Patrick held positions with the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., where he advised client-states on legal reforms to improve their commercial and financial sectors.

He received his J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law, where his work centered on the comparative commercial, financial, and natural resources laws within the Ibero-American context, with a special emphasis on Mexico, Spain, Brazil, and Portugal.

He then received his LL.M. from the Universidade Católica Portuguesa as a Fulbright Scholar focusing on EU trade and foreign direct investment policy. He has also studied at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, the Universidade de São Paulo, the Université Paris 1: Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Hague Academy for International Law, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, graduating magna cum laude, and St. John’s College, where he received his undergraduate degree. 

He is licensed to practice in the states of New York and New Mexico and is an active member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Aspen Institute’s Socrates, Latinos and Society, and Society of Fellows programs. Additionally, he is the recipient of a German Marshall Fund Transatlantic Leadership Fellowship and an Eisenhower Zhi-Xing Fellowship where he worked with the principal actors in the Chinese maritime trade sector.

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