Yerxa Rufus H.

Rufus H. Yerxa
World Trade Organization

Rufus Yerxa is a visiting professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He retired from the World Trade Organization (WTO) in October, 2013 after more than a decade as the organization’s Deputy Director General. In that role, he was responsible for internal management of the WTO Secretariat, while also helping to broaden the WTO’s membership and strengthen its role as the principal rules-based institution governing world trade. 

Prior to joining the WTO, Mr. Yerxa spent many years as a senior U.S. government trade official, Congressional staff advisor and private lawyer. He served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, first as the Geneva-based Ambassador to the GATT (the predecessor organization to the WTO) and subsequently as the Deputy United States Trade Representative in Washington. Prior to these appointments he was with the Committee on Ways and Means of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served as Staff Director of the Subcommittee on Trade. After leaving the U.S. government he joined the law firm Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he was a resident partner in the firm’s Brussels office.