EDWARD STEINER is Senior Director, International Trade and Governmental Relations, for Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., resident in the Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Steiner has nearly two decades of experience in the fields of public policy and international trade and development.
Mr. Steiner consults for a diverse client base of private industry, trade associations and foreign governments on trade compliance and facilitation issues. He represents clients on trade and customs matters before members of Congress and their staffs as well as executive officials and helps them identify and develop “horizon” issue expertise; i.e., issues that are being considered in Congress and the White House that are close to implementation and could have significant impacts on the trade community.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Steiner worked for more than six years in policy and management positions on Capitol Hill. In his last position he served as legislative director to Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., former vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. He helped organize the committee when Rep. Sanchez became vice chair, including defining subcommittee jurisdictions, scheduling hearings and directly overseeing the work of the Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee. Mr. Steiner was also directly responsible for managing the congresswoman’s legislative portfolio and overseeing her legislative staff. In his post as legislative assistant for foreign affairs for Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., he met with foreign officials both in the United States and overseas and handled a legislative portfolio that included foreign operations appropriations, trade and tax.
Mr. Steiner came to Congress with a strong background in foreign policy and affairs. He received a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and relations and worked for more than three years as an international development professional with a specialization in post-conflict reconstruction in Washington, D.C., Guatemala and Kosovo. He has experience working in national and international development agencies, including the International Organization for Migration, the World Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development. Mr. Steiner has spent over five years studying and working abroad in five countries and is fluent in Spanish, French and Swedish.
Mr. Steiner has spoken and written on issues as diverse as product safety, food safety, trade policy and trade facilitation and has conducted seminars and webinars on these subjects for audiences throughout the U.S. and overseas.