Less than a year after becoming President for the Economic Policy Institute, Thea Lee was appointed to the U.S. – China Economic Security Review Commission at the request of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Lee will provide her trade expertise as well as counsel to Congress in regards to U.S. – China trade initiatives and legislative decisions.
“Thea Lee is laser-focused on how U.S. trade policy impacts working families, and her years studying China’s abusive trade practices make her an excellent addition to the U.S. China Commission,” said Schumer. “Thea has and will continue to provide thoughtful counsel to Congress, and I trust she will stand up for American workers in her new role.”
Additionally, Lee brings over a decade of experience with EPI, beginning in the 1990s as an international trade economist. Lee brought an extensive amount of economic research with her from her previous role as deputy chief of staff AFL-CIO. She also played an important role at the AFL-CIO through overseeing policy agenda and guiding the company through a series of changes.
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to join the U.S.–China Commission,” said Lee. “Our relationship with China is critical, and indeed vital to the economy, but it’s important to gather and review evidence from a wide range of sources and perspectives on how this important relationship is evolving—and how that evolution is impacting workers in the U.S. and China. I look forward to working with the commission to shed light on these issues.”