Commission Members

Carolyn Bartholomew

Carolyn Bartholomew was elected as Chairman of the Commission for the 2021 Report cycle. Chairman Bartholomew is the former Chief of Staff, Counsel, Legislative Director, and Foreign Policy Advisor to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She also served as a Professional Staff Member on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Chairman Bartholomew previously served as the Commission's Chairman for four report cycles and served as Vice Chairman for six report cycles. She was reappointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2023.

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Robin Cleveland, PhD

Dr. Robin Cleveland was elected as the Commission Vice Chairman for the 2021 Report cycle. She is currently a psychotherapist in private practice after earning her PhD in Counseling. Previously, she served as the Executive Director at the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University. Chairman Cleveland worked in a variety of positions for U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell including service on the Senate Intelligence, Foreign Relations, and Appropriations Committees. She has also served as former Counselor to the President of the World Bank, and as former Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget. Vice Chairman Cleveland was reappointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2022.

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Bob Borochoff

Bob Borochoff is a successful businessman and community leader with over four decades of creating, operating and consulting with small businesses. As Chairman and CEO of The Borochoff Group, Inc., he has owned and managed restaurants, special events and catering ventures providing outstanding food, entertainment and logistical arrangements for major events. Borochoff provides a myriad of services for the restaurant industry, including real estate consulting, marketing, strategy development, concept design, management and operational services. Borochoff serves as a Commissioner on the Texas Finance Commission, which oversees and coordinates the three government departments responsible for the state’s financial services industry, including banking, savings and loans, and consumer credit. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, currently serves on the Public Policy Steering Committee, and for ten years was a member of the Executive Committee for one of the nation’s largest Chambers of Commerce. He is an emeritus member of the board of the National Restaurant Association, and his volunteer community service also includes serving as a past Vice-Chairman of the Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority of Harris County. He and his wife, Jane, have three children and reside in Houston, Texas. Commissioner Borochoff was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for a term expiring December 31, 2023.

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Jeffrey Fiedler

Jeffrey Fiedler is the retired National Strategic Retail Director, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union; formerly Assistant to the General President, and Director, Special Projects and Initiatives, for the International Union of Operating Engineers. Previously, Commissioner Fiedler was President of Research Associates of America (RAA) and the elected president of the Food and Allied Services Trades Department, AFL-CIO. He served on the Board of Directors of the Consumer Federation of America and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1992, Commissioner Fiedler co-founded the Laogai Research Foundation (LRF), an organization devoted to studying the forced labor camp system in China. He was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2022.

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Kimberly T. Glas

Kimberly T. Glas joined the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in May 2019 as President and CEO. She has more than 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and leading a non-profit organization working to advance critical policies to grow quality, U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a non-profit partnership of labor unions and environmental organizations. Commissioner Glas was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

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Derek Scissors

Derek Scissors is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he focuses on the Chinese and Indian economies and on US economic relations with Asia. He is concurrently chief economist of the China Beige Book. Dr. Scissors is the author of the China Global Investment Tracker. Starting in late 2008, he authored a series of papers that chronicled the end of pro-market Chinese reform and predicted economic stagnation in China as a result. Dr. Scissors has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Stanford University. Commissioner Scissors was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

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Michael R. Wessel

Michael Wessel is an original member of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is currently the president of The Wessel Group Inc., and serves as staff liaison to the Labor Advisory Committee to the USTR and Secretary of Labor. Previously he worked as former General Counsel to Congressman Richard A. Gephardt, and was on Gephardt’s staff for more than two decades in a variety of positions. Commissioner Wessel was reappointed by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

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Alex Wong

Alex Wong is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. His research spans U.S. national security policy and foreign affairs, with a particular focus on U.S. strategy in the Indo-Pacific region and the future of the Korean Peninsula.  Mr. Wong most recently served as the Deputy Special Representative for North Korea and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for North Korea at the U.S. Department of State. In that position, he was the No. 2 negotiator in denuclearization talks with North Korea and guided the U.S.-led international pressure campaign.  Commissioner Wong was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for a term expiring December 31, 2023.

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