Joanna Shelton

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Economics Program
Associated Programs: Economics Program

Joanna Shelton is faculty affiliate in economics at the University of Montana. She teaches, lectures, and writes on economic policy issues, including a monthly column for Montana’s Lee newspapers. Shelton served as deputy secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) from 1995 to 1999, where she was responsible for overall management and budget matters and led the OECD’s work on trade and investment, fiscal affairs, competition policy, electronic commerce, regulatory reform, corporate governance, and other issues. She served as deputy assistant secretary of state for trade policy (1992–1995), taking part in the World Trade Organization’s Uruguay Round and negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and managing a wide range of trade policy matters. Shelton was a professional staff member of the U.S. House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee (1984–1992), drafting trade legislation and advising members of Congress on trade law and negotiations. Shelton began her career at the U.S. Treasury Department (1977–1984), taking part in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Tokyo Round negotiations and advising senior Treasury officials on economic and financial matters involving Japan and other OECD countries. She also worked at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and at Motorola Inc. as senior advisor for Japan. Shelton holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington, and the Montana World Affairs Council, Shelton is co-author with G.C. Hufbauer of Subsidies in International Trade (Peterson Institute for International Economics, 1984) and many professional articles.