Carla A. Hills

United States |  Chair Emeritus, Inter-American Dialogue

Chair & CEO, Hills & Co., Former US Trade Representative

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Carla A. Hills is chair and CEO of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm. She served as US trade representative from 1989 to 1993 during the administration of President George H.W. Bush and as US secretary of housing and urban development from 1975 to 1977 during the administration of President Gerald Ford. 

Over the years, Hills has served on a number of other corporate and nonprofit boards. She is currently chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations, member of the Executive Committee for the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Trilateral Commission, co-chair of the Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and member of the board of the International Crisis Group.

Before entering government, Hills co-founded and was a partner in a Los Angeles law firm. She also served as an adjunct professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law.

Hills received her bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and studied at Oxford University. She holds a number of honorary degrees, and was awarded the Aztec Eagle in 2000, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen.


Hills joined the Dialogue as a Member in 1994. She currently serves as Chair Emeritus on the Dialogue’s Board of Directors.


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Member in the News: Carla A. Hills

Carla Hills, the lead US architect of the original NAFTA trade agreement, gave an interview with NPR regarding the new negotiations.

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