Bill Reinsch is a senior international trade/government relations advisor in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Bill brings over four decades of experience in designing and enforcing international trade policy both as a senior-level Capitol Hill staffer and as a leader in the private sector. Previously, Bill served as president of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), a 200-member trade association dedicated to trade policy, export finance, international tax, and human resource issues.
Prior to joining the NFTC, Bill served as the Under Secretary for Export Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce. As head of the Bureau of Export Administration (now the Bureau of Industry and Security), he administered and enforced the export control policies of the U.S. government, as well as its antiboycott laws. Bill was instrumental in modernizing the Export Administration Regulations to keep up with globalization and technology including high performance computers, microprocessors, and encryption. Subsequently, during his 15 year tenure at the NFTC, he concurrently served as a member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
Bill testified 53 times before various committees of Congress and delivered more than 200 speeches during his tenure as Under Secretary of Commerce. Earlier in his career, Bill held senior legislative staff positions for Senator John D. Rockefeller IV and Senator John Heinz. In his legislative assistant positions, he was focused on trade, international economic policy, competitiveness policy, foreign affairs and defense. He also held senior staff positions for Representatives Richard Ottinger and Gilbert Gude.
Bill is not licensed to practice law.
Adjunct Associate Professor, Trade, Globalization Development, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, 2013–present
Adjunct Associate Professor, International Trade and Trade Policy, University of Maryland, University College School of Management and Technology, 1990-1994
Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), member, board of directors, 2012-present
Executive Council on Diplomacy, member, board of directors, 2005-present
Family Services, Inc., Montgomery County, Maryland, member, board of directors, 2013-present
KHI Services, Inc., member, board of directors, 2006-2012
Middle East Institute, member, board of directors, 2005-2009