Mike Froman is president of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He previously served as vice chairman and president, of Strategic Growth for Mastercard. In that role, he was responsible for growing strategic partnerships, scaling new business opportunities, and advancing the company’s efforts to partner with governments and other institutions to address major societal and economic issues. Mike oversaw the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and was a member of the company’s management committee.
From 2013 to 2017, Mike served as the U.S. Trade Representative, President Barack Obama’s principal advisor and negotiator on international trade and investment issues. During his tenure, Mike worked to open foreign markets for U.S. goods and services, reach landmark trade agreements and enforce the rights of American workers, farmers and firms.
From 2009-2013, he served at the White House as assistant to the President and deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Mike held several executive positions at Citigroup, including CEO of its international insurance business, COO of its $50 billion alternative investments business and head of its infrastructure investment business.
He received a bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University, a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.