Paula Stern

United States |  Chair, Stern Group

Former Chair, US International Trade Commission

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Paula Stern is the founder and chair of the Stern Group. She served for nine years as a commissioner of the US International Trade Commission and was chair of the Commission from 1984 to 1986. Stern is also a member of the US State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, the US Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Bretton Woods Committee. She is active on the boards of Avon and RAC, and previously served as a director of Neiman Marcus, CBS, Duracell, Harcourt General, Hasbro, Scott Paper, Walmart, Westinghouse, and Avaya.

Stern was a member of US President Bill Clinton’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations and has served as co-chair of the International Competition Policy Advisory Committee for the Attorney General and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division; chair of the Advisory Committee of the US Export-Import Bank; and an appointed member of the board of the Inter-American Foundation.

Stern holds a BA from Goucher College, an MA in regional studies from Harvard University, and a PhD in international affairs from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Her writings and commentary on foreign policy, trade-related topics, and women’s issues have been widely published in scholarly and popular journals as well as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, and other mainstream media. Stern has been a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute.


Stern joined the Dialogue as a Member in 1987.