President, Coalition of Service Industries
Peter Allgeier joined the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) as its president in September 2012 following a long and distinguished career in international trade. Allgeier served nearly three decades at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where he was a negotiator on nearly every major U.S. trade initiative since the Carter Administration.
During his career at USTR, Allgeier has conducted major negotiations with countries throughout Asia, Europe (including the former Soviet Union), the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as multilateral negotiations in the United Nations, the World Trade Organization (WTO), and its predecessor organization, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). These negotiations have included: free trade agreements, elimination/reduction of foreign tariffs and non-tariff barriers on U.S. goods and services; bilateral investment treaties; improvements in foreign laws governing patents, trademarks and copyrights; government procurement; removal of foreign export subsidies; and treaties normalizing U.S. trade and investment relations with the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
From 2009 to 2012, Allgeier was President of C&M International, a trade consultancy based in Washington, D.C.
Prior to C&M International, Allgeier served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative and United States Ambassador to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Before his appointment as Deputy USTR in 2001, Allgeier served in a series of senior positions: Assistant USTR for Asia and the Pacific; Assistant USTR for Europe and the Mediterranean; and Associate U.S. Trade Representative for the Western Hemisphere.
In 1988 President Reagan presented him with the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, which is the highest performance honor bestowed on career federal officials. He also is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and the Woodrow Wilson Distinguished Alumnus Award from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Allgeier graduated cum laude from Brown University, with an A.B. in international relations. He holds a Master's Degree in international relations from John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Ph. D in international economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Allgeier was also a Rockefeller Fellow at Harvard Divinity School.
Manager, Policy & Programs
James Lim joined the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) in February 2011 and had previous experience working with CSI on their annual Global Services Summit's in 2009 and 2010. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Policy with a specialization in International Security and Economic Policy from the University of Maryland-College Park. Before joining CSI, he interned at Washington International Trade Association(WITA) and the Agency for International Trade Information and Cooperation(AITIC).
Program and Communications Associate
Tim is a graduate of the College of William & Mary where he earned a BA in Government while minoring in German. He began working at the Coalition of Services Industries in February 2013 after moving to Washington, D.C. from his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland the previous fall.
Olivia Burzynska-Hernandez joined the Coalition of Services Industries (CSI) in February 2013. Before joining CSI, Olivia worked in the Senate as a staff assistant and interned for the Polish American Congress in Washington D.C. She holds a BA in International Affairs from the Robert Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon and a MA in International Affairs with a focus in Conflict and Conflict Resolution from George Washington University.