Grant D. Aldonas
Grant Aldonas serves as a Senior Advisor at CSIS. Aldonas came to CSIS from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, where his practice focused on international trade, investment, corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility. While at Akin Gump, he served as chairman of the U.S. arm of Transparency International. From 2001 to 2005, he served in the Bush administration as the Commerce Department’s under secretary for international trade, where he was one of the president’s principal advisers on international economic policy. In his role as under secretary, he was a member of the board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and an executive director of the President’s Export Council. Prior to his service in the administration, Aldonas was chief international trade counsel to the Senate Finance Committee.
Before entering public service, he was a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Miller & Chevalier. He also served as counsel to the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform and as an adviser to the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment. Aldonas began his career as a Foreign Service officer, serving tours in Mexico, the Department of State, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
He continues his role as principal managing director of Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.–based consulting and investment advisory firm, and as a member of the board of the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Global Fairness Initiative. Aldonas received his B.A. in international relations in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Minnesota.