Commission Members

Carolyn Bartholomew, Chairman – 2021 Report Cycle

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, 2021.

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Robin Cleveland, PhD, Vice Chairman – 2021 Report Cycle

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

Commissioner Bob Borochoff is a successful Texas businessman and community/political 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 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. 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. Commissioner Borochoff was appointed by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy for a term expiring December 31, 2021.

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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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Hon. Carte P. Goodwin

Senator Carte Goodwin is an attorney with the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC where he serves as the Member-in-Charge of its Charleston office, vice chair of the Appellate Practice Group, and a member of CivicPoint, the firm’s government affairs subsidiary. In 2010, Senator Goodwin was appointed by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the passing of Senator Robert C. Byrd, where he served until a special election was held to fill the remainder of Senator Byrd’s unexpired term. In 2009, Senator Goodwin chaired the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform in West Virginia, and during the four years prior, served as General Counsel to West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III. He was appointed by Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2021.

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Roy D. Kamphausen

Roy Kamphausen is the President of The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He served as a career U.S. Army officer, including assignments as China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Commissioner Kamphausen is a senior adviser on East Asia for the University of Connecticut’s Office of Global Affairs. He is a co-editor of the last ten volumes of the Carlisle People’s Liberation Army Conference series. Commissioner Kamphausen was appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a term expiring on December 31, 2021.

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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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Hon. James M. Talent

Senator Jim Talent is a national security leader who specializes in issues related to the Department of Defense. He has been active in Missouri and national public policy for over 25 years. From 2002 to 2007, Sen. Talent served in the U.S. Senate and from 1992 to 2001, served in the U.S. House of Representatives. While in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Talent served as a member of the Senate Armed Services, Energy and Natural Resources, and Agriculture Committees, and while in the House he served as Chairman of the House Small Business Committee and a member of the House Armed Services Committee. After leaving the Senate in 2007, Senator Talent joined The Heritage Foundation as a Distinguished Fellow, served as Vice Chairman of the Commission on Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, on the independent panel that reviewed the Quadrennial Defense Review of the Department of Defense, and served on the independent panel that reviewed the Quadrennial Defense Review of 2014. He also has been a member of the executive panel advising the Chief of Naval Operations and served on the Defense Policy Board in the years 2017–2020. Since he left the Senate, Senator Talent has been associated with the Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Association, and the Bi-Partisan Policy Center. He is currently the Chairman of the National Leadership Council for the Reagan Institute. Senator Jim Talent was appointed by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2021.

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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, 2021.

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