Program Directory

City Club of Cleveland - Approach to Trade
A New American Approach to Trade
Roger Altman
Chairman and Co-founder, Evercore Partners

The world has moved into a new era of globalization. In particular, the rise of China and India will add 1.2 billion workers to a global work force which previously consisted of 1.7 billion workers. This means that the two sides of the ideological debate on trade and globalization issues--traditional free trade versus traditional protectionism--are obsolete.

Roger Altman, former deputy secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Clinton, will speak about a new progressive and pragmatic approach to free trade and ways to formulate and implement it.

Since 1996, Altman has served as chairman and co-founder of Evercore Partners, which has become the most active investment banking boutique in the world. Previously, he was vice chairman of The Blackstone Group and responsible for its investment banking business. And, his initial Wall Street career involved Lehman Brothers, where he eventually became co-head of Investment Banking, a member of the Firm's Management Committee and of its Board of Directors.

Altman is a member of the Advisory Council to The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution and a trustee of New Visions for Public Schools and The American Museum of Natural History, where he also serves as chairman of the Investment Committee. He also is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Finance and Investment Committee. He received an A.B. from Georgetown University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
October 2, 2006