Erik Autor was named President of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) in August 2016. Prior to assuming that position, he was President of Autor Global Strategies, LLC, a consultancy providing public policy, advocacy, legal/regulatory, and strategic communications services to business clients with a focus on international trade and investment, customs, corporate social responsibility, and global supply chain management.
Mr. Autor’s experience includes 15 years as Vice President and International Trade Counsel at the National Retail Federation, the world’s largest retail trade association. At NRF he represented and advised member companies in the retail industry on international trade, corporate social responsibility matters, supply chain and transportation, and customs issues. Among his responsibilities were developing and advocating policy positions issues before Congress, the Administration, foreign governments, and international organizations such as the World Trade Organization.
Prior to joining NRF, Mr. Autor served as International Trade Counsel and Senior International Trade Counsel to the Senate Committee on Finance from 1992-1998 for Senator Roth (R-DE) and U.S. Senator Packwood (R-OR) assisting Congressional consideration major trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Uruguay Round. He began his career as a law clerk to a federal judge at the U.S. Court of International Trade and an associate attorney in the trade practice at the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
Mr. Autor received a J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law, an M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from UCLA.