Robert Tanner is the Director for Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Among his responsibilities at USTR, he is the lead negotiator for the Telecommunications and Electronic Commerce chapters of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).
Before joining USTR in 2011, Mr. Tanner served from 2006 to 2011 as a Special Counsel in the FCC International Bureau where he worked on numerous policy issues, including work with APEC, OECD and the ITU, and led the creation of the first FCC International Broadband Data Report. He has over 15 years of experience working on various telecommunications policy and regulatory issues at the Federal Communications Commission and in private practice.
Mr. Tanner received his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. from California Polytechnic State University.