Carla A. Hills

Carla A. Hills

Chair and CEO, Hills & Company International Consultants, Washington; former U.S. Trade Representative; former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Carla A. Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants. The firm provides advice to US businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad.

Ambassador Hills served as a member of President Bush’s Cabinet as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993. She led the U.S. negotiations in the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade talks, concluded the North American Free Trade Agreement, and entered into a substantial number of trade and investment agreements with countries all around the world.

Earlier, Ambassador Hills served as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford administration. She also served as Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice.

Ambassador Hills has served on the boards of a number of Fortune 500 companies and currently serves on the International Advisory Council of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and the Starr Companies Advisory Board.  She is Chair Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Committee on U.S.- China Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, Honorary Board member of the Peterson Institute of International Economics, and Board member of the Center for Strategic & International Studies; member of the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission; and member of the President of Yale’s Council on International Activities.

Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner of a Los Angeles law firm. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law.

Ambassador Hills graduated from Stanford University, attended Oxford University’s St. Hilda’s College, and obtained her law degree from the Yale Law School.  She also holds a number of honorary degrees from a number of colleges and universities and awards, including the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen. She lives in Washington, DC.