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William E. Craft, Jr.
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Term of Appointment: 04/11/2010 to present

Bill Craft currently serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy and Programs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. In this capacity he directs and oversees the Bureau’s deep involvement in the negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and at the World Trade Organization. He also supervises three offices, which are responsible for all trade issues including multilateral trade, bilateral trade, and agriculture policy.

From December 2012 through February 2014, he held a number of senior positions in the Bureau including serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs and as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary. During this time, he was responsible for management of the bureau and for overall global economic engagement and negotiations. Before becoming the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Trade Policy in 2010, Mr. Craft had been the Director of the Bureau’s Office of Multilateral Trade. In that capacity, he was the lead for all issues related to the World Trade Organization, including negotiation of the Doha Development Agenda. Mr. Craft played a key role in negotiation of the Uruguay Round under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, and he was directly involved in negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. He is an engaged on the trade-related aspects of the OECD, regional groups including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum, and in free trade area negotiations. Mr. Craft is also involved in the trade-related aspects of the G7 and G20 Summit processes. He has been an active member of the team that developed and is now implementing the President’s initiative to fight global hunger.

From 2001 to 2002 he was the director of the Department's office responsible for bilateral telecommunications and internet policy. Before converting to the civil service, Mr. Craft's Foreign Service assignments included Rome; desk officer for Haiti and Dominican Republic; and the office of East Asian Economic Policy.

Mr. Craft has received a number of the State Department's highest awards including the Presidential Meritorious Performance Rank Award, the Secretary's Award for Public Diplomacy, and the Department of State’s Superior Honor Award for his work on the WTO's Doha Development Agenda, and for his role at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

Education: Colby College, Maine, B.A. in Economics. American University, Washington DC, Masters in Public Administration. Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, Washington DC, M.S.