Andrew Quinn began as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (for Southeast Asia and the Pacific) in August 2012. In that role he serves, inter alia, as the Deputy Chief Negotiator of the Trans‐Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade and investment agreement, within the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Immediately prior to joining USTR, Mr. Quinn served as the Director for Asian Economic Affairs on the White House National Security Council, from September 2010 to August 2012. In that capacity he advised senior Administration officials, and coordinated inter‐agency policies, on issues related to U.S.‐Asia economic relations, including TPP, Korea and the ratification of the U.S.‐Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), economic and trade relations with Japan, China and Southeast Asia, and U.S. participation in APEC (the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum) and other regional organizations.
Previously, Mr. Quinn served as Minister for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Korea, during the negotiation of the KORUS FTA. Prior to that, he served as Counselor for Economic and Commercial Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. He has also worked on trade issues at the U.S. Embassies in Tokyo, Japan and Bangkok, Thailand, and served as the Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Nagoya, Japan. Additionally, from 2009 to 2010, he served as Director of Narcotics and Law Enforcement Assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. In Washington, Mr. Quinn worked for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV (of West Virginia) as a Legislative Assistant for trade and foreign policy from 2000 to 2003, supporting the Senator’s work on the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He also served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Korea from 2004 to 2005.
Prior to joining the U.S. government, Mr. Quinn worked as an economist for the (United Kingdom) Department of Trade and Industry, and worked on public policy issues for a major consumer goods company.