Lori Wallach, Director, Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch

Lori-Wallach-Public-Citizen-Global-Trade-WatchLori Wallach is the director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. A 25-year veteran of congressional trade battles starting with the 1990s fight over NAFTA, she was named to the “Politico’s 50” list of thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016 for her leadership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership debate. Wallach is an internationally recognized expert on trade with experience advocating in Congress and foreign parliaments, trade negotiations, courts, government agencies, the media and in the streets. Dubbed “the Trade Debate’s Guerrilla Warrior” in a National Journal profile and “Ralph Nader with a sense of humor” in a Wall Street Journal profile, she combines a lawyer’s expertise on the terms and outcomes of agreements with insight from the front lines of trade debates. Wallach’s specialty is translating arcane trade issues into accessible language.

Wallach has testified on NAFTA, WTO, and other globalization issues before 30 congressional committees and appeared as a trade commentator on MSNBC, Fox, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg, PBS, NPR and numerous foreign outlets. She has been published and quoted in The New York TimesThe EconomistForbesThe Washington PostUSA Today, the Financial Times, and more. A lawyer who has worked in television news and on political campaigns, Wallach is well-informed about the role trade issues played in the 2016 election and the implications for the Trump presidency and 2018 congressional elections as the voters demand action on trade.

Books she has written on trade include The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority (2013) and Whose Trade Organization? A Comprehensive Guide to the WTO (2004) and she has contributed to numerous anthologies. She was recently one of three panelists, alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel, at the C-20 Summit titled “Civil 20 Dialogue with the G20 Presidency” which addressed the most pressing globalization challenges of the 2017 G20 Summit.

Wallach was a founder of the Citizens Trade Campaign, a U.S. national coalition of consumer, labor, environmental, family farm, religious, and civil rights groups representing over 11 million Americans, and serves on its board. Wallach is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School.



  • Author of numerous articles and books, most recently The Rise and Fall of Fast Track Trade Authority – Updated and Expanded Edition

  • Founder and board member of Citizens Trade Campaign

  • Founding board member of the International Forum on Globalization

  • Prior to law school, Wallach worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives

Media Appearances:

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls Trump Nafta Proposals ‘Highly Dangerous’

The New York Times: ‘U.S. Calls for ‘Much Better Deal in Nafta Overhaul Plan’

MarketWatch: The reality of U.S.-South Korea trade that Trump is threatening to derail

PBS: Tavis Smiley interviews Wallach on prospect Trump meets trade pledges from campaign

Los Angeles Times: ‘U.S. lays out objectives for NAFTA renegotiations’

Democracy Now!: Wallach segment – administration release of NAFTA renegotiation objectives


Recent Profiles:

Politico: 2016 Politico Top 50 List: September 2016:  “Wallach named to list of top 50 thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming America politics in 2016

The New York Times: “Trans-Pacific Partnership Puts Harvard Law School Rivals on Opposite Sides, Again”, April 2015

National Law Journal:  “Lori Wallach: The Trade Debate’s Guerilla Warrior Gets Her Day,” March 2015 (this profile also appeared in The Atlantic)

‘Civil20 Dialogue with the G20 Presidency’ broadcast at the C20 Summit featuring German Chancellor Angela Merkel and civil society representatives including Wallach, June 2017 (Video: Lori Wallach addresses debate challenge questions in English as from 32:10 but most of the panel discussion is in German)

C-SPAN: Lori Wallach discusses “Trade Policy and Campaign 2016” on Washington Journal


Recent Hearings:

C-SPAN: Democratic Platform Drafting Committee Hearing; Lori Wallach testifies on trade policy before the Committee, emphasizing the need for Democrats to push for labor and environmental protections and guard against offshoring, June 2016