Ms. Sandra Polaski

Former  Senior Associate
Director, Trade, Equity and Development Program
Until April 2002, Polaski served as the U.S. Secretary of State’s Special Representative for International Labor Affairs, the senior State Department official dealing with such matters.

B.A., University of Dayton; M.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

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Sandra Polaski has been sworn in as deputy undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB). From 2002 to 2009 she was senior associate and director of the Trade, Equity, and Development Program at the Carnegie Endowment.

Previously, from 1999 to 2002, Polaski served as the U.S. secretary of state’s special representative for international labor affairs, the senior State Department official dealing with such matters. In that role she integrated labor and employment issues into U.S. trade and foreign policy and served as the lead adviser on labor provisions in the U.S.-Jordan Free Trade Agreement and the U.S.-Cambodia Textile Agreement, considered models for future agreements. Previously she served as director of research at the secretariat of the North American Commission for Labor Cooperation, a NAFTA-related intergovernmental organization.

Polaski holds degrees from the University of Wisconsin and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).


Selected Publications: India's Trade Policy Choices (Carnegie Report, January 2008); U.S. Living Standards in an Era of Globalization (Carnegie Policy Brief, July 2007); China's Economic Prospects 2006-2020 (Carnegie Paper, April 2007)

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