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Gorton Center Discussion Series Presents: Metropolitan Diplomacy - How Cities Are Affecting Foreign Policy




Speakers

Hon. Bill Bryant,
Commissioner, Port of Seattle

Sam Kaplan,
President, Trade Development Alliance

Eric Schinfeld,
President, Washington Council on International Trade

Moderator

Slade Gorton,
Former United States Senator, Washington

Event Audio

Metropolitan Diplomacy - How Cities Are Affecting Foreign Policy (mp3)

The Slade Gorton International Policy Center hosted a roundtable discussion on how cities are becoming increasingly influential in the development of foreign policy and international trade with special guests Bill Bryant, Sam Kaplan, and Eric Schinfeld.

Bill Bryant is a Port of Seattle Commissioner, a position he was first elected to in 2007. He is also founder of Bryant Christie Inc., a company that works to eliminate foreign trade barriers, develops new international markets.

Sam Kaplan is the President of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. Previously, Sam worked as a legislative assistant handling foreign affairs and trade issues for now retired U.S. Representative John Miller.

Eric Schinfeld is the President of the Washington Council on International Trade (WCIT). He leads WCIT’s advocacy and outreach efforts on trade policy issues that benefit Washington employers and increase our state’s international competitiveness.

The event was planned and organized by the students of the Gorton Center’s Global Leaders Program and attended by elected officials, congressional staff, business and nonprofit executives, students, and professors.


The Slade Gorton International Policy Center will be the living legacy of Senator Gorton’s extraordinary contributions to the Nation and Washington State. The Gorton Center will have three research priorities. First, the Gorton Center will incorporate and build on ongoing NBR initiatives to sponsor research in economics and trade, energy security, energy and the environment, and other important issues.


For more information on the Slade Gorton International Policy Center or to provide financial support to the Gorton Center, please contact:

Mariana Parks
President,
Slade Gorton International Policy Center
206.632.7370
gortoncenter@nbr.org


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