Robert J. Shapiro is co-founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, a private firm that advises U.S. and foreign businesses, governments and non-profit organizations.
He served as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce from 1998 to 2001. He also was the co-founder and Vice President of the Progressive Policy Institute, Bill Clinton's principal economic advisor in the 1991-1992 campaign — and a senior economic advisor to Al Gore and John Kerry in their campaigns.
Mr. Shapiro also served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Associate Editor of U.S. News & World Report — and was an economics columnist for Slate magazine.
He currently chairs the Globalization Initiative at NDN, a Washington think tank. He is also the co-chair of the American Task Force Argentina, an organization that encourages the U.S. government to reach a favorable settlement with Argentina over its 2001 debt default and subsequent restructuring.
He holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and lives in Washington, D.C.