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Patrick Schaefer has joined the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce as the Senior Vice President of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment

Schaefer brings extensive experience in global investments and business matters having founded the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness at the University of Texas in El Paso

Los Angeles (NOV. 7, 2019) – Today, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, announced, that Patrick Schaefer has joined the Chamber as the new Senior Vice President of the Center for Global Trade & Foreign Investment. 

“We are fortunate to have recruited such an incredible talent as Patrick Schaefer to lead the Chamber’s global initiatives,” said Maria S. Salinas, President & CEO. “He brings extensive experience in global trade and foreign investment. Patrick will lead the Chamber’s efforts in global affairs and trade matters, working closely with foreign and domestic organizations and the robust Los Angeles international community. He will lead our efforts to expand our global engagement under the new strategic plan adopted by our Board of Directors.”

In his new role, Schaefer will report directly to Salinas and serve as a member of the L.A. Area Chamber Leadership team. He will also be will be responsible for leading LAACC’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.

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. He is a member of the Aspen Institute and the Global Marshall fund.

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.



About Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business in the Los Angeles region. The Chamber’s mission is to design and advance opportunities and solutions for a thriving regional economy that is inclusive and globally competitive. Founded in 1888, the Chamber is the oldest and largest business association in the region. Its member companies work together to promote a prosperous economy and quality of life in the Los Angeles region. For more information, visit

For more information contact: Shannon Smith, 213.580.7532.