Executive Staff

Richard Chriss, Esq.

Richard Chriss, Esq.

Executive Director

Richard Chriss is an accomplished attorney with a broad background in international trade law and policy both on Capitol Hill and in the Executive branch of the United States Government. He received graduate training in public policy and economics at Harvard University and studied international law at the University of London.

Richard served as Senator Chuck Grassley’s international trade counsel, on both his personal and Senate Finance Committee staffs. In that role, Richard was involved in drafting bills and helping develop legislative strategy for a number of key trade initiatives, including Trade Promotion Authority, the Africa Trade Bill, FTA implementing legislation, and other similar legislation.

While working with the Finance Committee, Richard managed nine Committee trade hearings, coordinated Committee oversight of federal departments and agencies, and aided in preparation for WTO meetings, including Ministerial Conference meetings.

Richard later served for two years as Senior Counsel to the Under Secretary for International Trade in the Department of Commerce, where he was involved in a broad range of trade and economic policy matters.

Then-Ambassador Rob Portman asked Richard to work with him at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, a job he held for about six years. In this position, he worked on the WTO Doha Round negotiations in Geneva, the US-Korea trade agreement (KORUS) in Korea and in the United States, China trade issues, and other related matters.
Richard left USTR in mid-2011 to create and manage his own firm to primarily advise American businesses on trade matters, including trade negotiations, market access, and trade compliance issues.

Alexandra Jopp

Alexandra Jopp

Assistant Director

Alexandra Jopp is the Assistant Director of the American Institute for International Steel, Inc.

Alexandra, who began working at AIIS in 2007, oversees member development, member communications, meeting planning, and public and media relations for the institute. Leveraging her skills in strategic marketing, organizational performance and interactive communications, she has enhanced the institute’s member services and helped to position AIIS as a thought leader in the steel industry.

A native of Crimea, Ukraine, Alexandra currently resides in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and their daughter Giselle.  She has earned a master’s degree in English Literature from Notre Dame of Maryland University, a master’s degree in Art History from George Mason University, and a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Environmental Sciences from Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University in Simferopol, Ukraine. She is fluent in Ukrainian and Russian.

 

Upcoming Events

Nov
2
Thu
5:30 pm AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | N...
AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | N...
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
AIIS West Coast Steel Dinner | November 2nd | L'Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach, CA @ L'Opera Italian Restaurant | Long Beach | California | United States
Port of Long Beach Harbor Tour The event starts on Thursday, 2 November 2017 at 2.00 pm with a special Port of Long Beach harbor tour. The vessel will depart promptly at 2:00 p.m. and[...]
Nov
30
Thu
5:30 pm 67th Annual Dinner | The Yale Cl...
67th Annual Dinner | The Yale Cl...
Nov 30 @ 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
67th Annual Dinner | The Yale Club of New York City @ The Yale Club of New York City | New York | New York | United States
Thursday, November 30th: The 67th Annual AIIS Gala Dinner.** We will hold our premier event of the year at The Yale Club of New York City, 50 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY. Last year we[...]
Dec
14
Thu
6:00 pm AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | D...
AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | D...
Dec 14 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
AIIS Annual Christmas Dinner | December 14th | Houston, TX @ The Houstonian Hotel, Club & SPA | Houston | Texas | United States
We cordially invite you to join in our Christmas holiday celebration as we prepare to welcome a New Year, and wish one another health, happiness, and prosperity. Enjoy good company and fellowship at: The Houstonian[...]
Apr
25
Wed
all-day STEEL-CON 2018 | AIIS Steel Supp...
STEEL-CON 2018 | AIIS Steel Supp...
Apr 25 – Apr 27 all-day
AIIS invites you to a day-and-a-half learning, sporting, and fundraising event at the peerless Houstonian Hotel to explore things you need to know to successfully navigate the steel supply chain in 2018 and beyond. We[...]
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