Carla Hills

Carla Anderson Hills
5th Chairwoman of the Council on Foreign Relations
Serving alongside: Robert E. Rubin
Incumbent
Assumed office
2007
President Richard N. Haass
Preceded by Peter George Peterson
5th United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
In office
March 10, 1975 – January 20, 1977
President Gerald Ford
Preceded by James Thomas Lynn
Succeeded by Patricia Roberts Harris
10th United States Trade Representative
In office
1989–1993
President George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Clayton Keith Yeutter
Succeeded by Mickey Kantor
Personal details
Born Carla Anderson
(1934-01-03) January 3, 1934 (age 80)
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Roderick M. Hills
Children 4
Residence Washington DC
Alma mater Oxford University
Stanford University
Yale Law School
Profession law

Carla Anderson Hills (born January 3, 1934) is an American lawyer and a public figure. She served as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Gerald Ford administration, and as U.S. Trade Representative. She was the first woman to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and the third woman to serve as a cabinet officer.[1]

Early Life and Education

Born Carla Anderson in Los Angeles, she received her B.A. degree from Stanford University, after studying at Oxford University. She earned her LL.B. degree from Yale Law School in 1958 and married Roderick M. Hills the same year.[2]

Career

Hills was admitted to the California bar in 1959, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles from 1959 to 1961. From 1962 to 1974, she was a partner at Munger, Tolles, Hills, and Rickershauser in Los Angeles. In 1972, she was an adjunct professor at UCLA.[3] An authority on federal practice and anti-trust law, Mrs. Hills wrote of Federal Civil Practice and Antitrust Advisor.[4] She is a former president of the National Association of Women Lawyers.

She was an United States Assistant Attorney General heading the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice before being named as the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Elliot L. Richardson sought to appoint her as assistant U.S. Attorney General in 1973, but he resigned shortly thereafter during the Watergate scandal. The offer was renewed by his successor, William B. Saxbe, in 1974.

Hills' lack of relevant experience was somewhat controversial during the hearings for her nomination to head the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. From 1978 through 1989, she was again a practicing attorney, and she served as chairman of the Urban Institute from 1983 through 1988.

U.S. Trade Representative

Hills served as U.S. Trade Representative under President George H. W. Bush from 1989 to 1993. She was under pressure to implement the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act to go after countries which was considered to be trading unfairly with the U.S. The New York Times called Section 301 of the Act her "crowbar", which enabled the U.S. to impose tariffs as high as 100%. She initially went after Japan, Brazil and India, although the Bush administration later decided Japan had changed its ways.[1]

An advocate of free trade, she was the primary U.S. negotiator of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). In 2000, Hills was awarded the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle (La Orden Mexicana del Aguila Azteca), which is the highest honor awarded to non-citizens by the Mexican government.[5] In fact, it was the first time Mexican-Americans were awarded this award since November 12, 1990 when the union leader, Cesar Chavez, received it.[6]

President George H.W. Bush's administration's priority was to hammer out the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) in the Uruguay Round, where Hills was known as a strong negotiator. "Delegations from 97 countries [sought] ways to notch down everyone's tariffs and remove other obstacles to trade." "The 97 signatories to GATT account for two-thirds of the $3 trillion in merchandise traded each year. Since the original agreement in 1947, GATT has been altered six times..." but, "after the last GATT revision - the Tokyo Round, which started in 1976 - many American industries were outclassed by others".[1]

Since 1993, she has worked as a consultant and a public speaker through

In 2008, Yale University granted her an honorary degree. She has also received honorary degrees from other institutions.[11]

North American community

In 2005, Hills participated in

Affiliations

Awards and Honors

In 1993, Hills received the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official, an award given out annually by Jefferson Awards.[16]

See also

References

External links

  • Author biography
  • A Few Good Women... Carla Anderson Hills
Political offices
Preceded by
James T. Lynn
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Served under: Gerald Ford

1975-1977
Succeeded by
Patricia R. Harris
Government offices
Preceded by
Clayton K. Yeutter
United States Trade Representative
1989–1993
Succeeded by
Mickey Kantor

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