Biography: Daniel R. Pearson

Daniel R. Pearson is principal of Pearson International Trade Services, LLC, a trade policy consultancy. His focus includes promoting trade liberalization, working for respondents in antidumping/countervailing duty cases and Section 337 intellectual property investigations.  

From 2013 to 2017, Pearson served as a senior fellow in the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies, focused on pursuit of free trade. Prior to that position, he served as a Republican on the U.S. International Trade Commission from 2003 to 2103, including a two-year term as chairman. 

Pearson also worked as assistant vice president of public affairs for Cargill, Inc., in Minneapolis, MN, from 1998 to 2003, and a policy analyst from 1987 to 1998. From 1981 to 1987, he was the agricultural legislative assistant to Senator Rudy Boschwitz, including staffing the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Foreign Agricultural Policy.

Pearson earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Minnesota.