Richard Chriss, Esq.
President & International Trade Counsel
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 is the Vice-President of the American Institute for International Steel, Inc.
Alexandra, who began working at AIIS in 2006, 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.