Ambassador Wolff is Co-Chair of the U.S. National Academies’ Innovation Policy Forum. Amb. Wolff has served as a member of the National Academies’ Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) Board since 1997. He chairs the Board’s Committee on Comparative Innovation Policies, which oversaw numerous conferences and research, produced seven conference reports on innovation policies in India, China, Germany, Taiwan, Japan, and other countries which have placed an emphasis on innovation. He is co-editor of the Committee’s landmark report Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policies for a Global Economy (National Academies Press, 2012). In 1996, he served as U.S. co-chair of the Conference on Conflict and Cooperation for High Technology Industry, in cooperation with the Hamburg Institute for Economic Research, the Kiel Institute for World Economics and the National Research Council. In 1994 he was named a lifetime National Associate of the National Academies.
Amb. Wolff began his public service career in the U.S. government at the Treasury Department where he served as staff attorney to the National Advisory Committee on International Financial and Monetary Policies, serving as a drafter of the Articles of Agreement of the African Development Fund. He later served as General Counsel of the Office of the Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Executive Office of the President, and subsequently Deputy U.S. Special Representative for Trade Negotiations. He has served on a number of U.S. government advisory bodies, including the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policies.
Amb. Wolff has served as counsel to the U.S. semiconductor industry since 1980, working alongside both the founders of the American industry and its current leaders. In that role he has assisted in crafting numerous public policies that have aided the development of advanced technology industries in the United States. He has served as advisor to the U.S. industry delegation to the World Semiconductor Council since its inception in 1996. He has made presentations at the OECD, the WTO and numerous universities and other public and private fora on issues that affect international competition, and held the post of Distinguished Research Professor at the Monterey Institute for International Studies. He is co-editor of a number of books, including The Microelectronics Race – the Impact of Trade Government Policies International Competition; Steel and the State – Government Intervention and the Steel Structural Crisis; and Conflict Among Nations – Trade Policies for the 1990s (Westview Press).
Amb. Wolff serves on the Advisory Committees of the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Batten School of Public Leadership of the University of Virginia. He chairs the Boards of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) and the Institute for Trade and Commercial Diplomacy. Amb. Wolff is a leading member of the international trade bar and practices law with the firm of McKenna, Long & Aldridge in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Bar in Washington D.C., Massachusetts and New York, and of the U.S. Supreme Court and hold a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard College. He is married, has three children and six grandchildren.