Washington, DC, July 18, 2013 – GlobalWorks Foundation and ProgressiveEconomy (PE) are proud to note that the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) presented P.E. Director Edward Gresser with the 2013 Lighthouse Award at the WITA annual dinner.
“This is quite a humbling moment for me,” said Gresser, expressing gratitude to the GlobalWorks Foundation, and crediting former employers Sen. Max Baucus, former U.S. Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky, and the Democratic Leadership Council/Progressive Policy Institute, as well as his colleagues at GlobalWorks, for support and inspiration. He said that while the award is a personal one, more fundamentally it is an endorsement of ProgressiveEconomy’s hope to “build bridges between trade experts and the interested public, through serious but accessible and widely disseminated research as Americans consider the challenges and opportunities of the global economy.”
WITA is Washington’s main international trade professional association, and has given the Lighthouse Award annually since 2008 to recognize “contributions made over the course of a career to trade policy, the understanding of global trade, or expanding the benefits of global trade.” In presenting the award, WITA Board Members Sarah Thorn and Bill Lane highlighted in particular ProgressiveEconomy’s path-breaking research on tariff policy and the impact of trade policy on the poor at home and abroad, the wide readership and unique style of the Trade Fact of the Week.
“All of us at GlobalWorks Foundation are truly proud that WITA has chosen to recognize Ed’s work,” said GlobalWorks Foundation’s Chairman Claude G.B. Fontheim. “The award is testimony to the trade community’s respect for and appreciation of ProgressiveEconomy’s work, and the impact its trademark blend of rigor and accessibility, and its focus on policies that reduce poverty and strengthen the middle class.”
The award is presented at the WITA annual dinner, known informally as the “trade prom” and the largest regularly held gathering of trade policy professionals from business, government, academia, and NGOs in the United States. Also recognized at this year’s dinner were Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. David Camp (R-MI); Representative Greg Meeks (D-NY), who is also a member of ProgressiveEconomy’s Advisory Board, and newly appointed U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.