Carla A. Hills
Carla A. Hills is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company, International Consultants. The firm provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad, particularly in emerging market economies.
Mrs. Hills served as United States Trade Representative from 1989 to 1993. As a member of President Bush's Cabinet, Mrs. Hills was the President's principal advisor on international trade policy. She was also the nation's chief trade negotiator, representing American interests in multilateral and bilateral trade negotiations throughout the world.
Earlier, Mrs. Hills served as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration (the third woman to hold a Cabinet position). She also served as Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice.
Mrs. Hills currently serves on two corporate boards. She is also Chair of the National Committee on US-China Relations and of the Inter-American Dialogue; Vice Chair of the Council on Foreign Relations; Co-Chair of the International Advisory Board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies; member of the Executive Committee of the Institute for International Economics and of the Trilateral Commission; and member of the board of the US-China Business Council.
Before entering government, Mrs. Hills co-founded and was partner in a Los Angeles law firm. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School, teaching antitrust law, and co-authored the Antitrust Adviser, which was published by McGraw-Hill.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Mrs. Hills received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University, her law degree from Yale University, and has studied at Oxford University. She holds honorary degrees from seven colleges and universities. In 2000, Mrs. Hills was awarded the Aztec Eagle, the highest honor given by the Mexican government to a non-citizen of that country.
Mrs. Hills resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband, Roderick M. Hills. They are the parents of four children.