William “Bill” Maroni is President of the United States | New Zealand Council, the only independent group dedicated exclusively to advancing the business, strategic, and cultural relationship between the two countries.
Bill began his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John H. Chafee (R-Rhode Island) during congressional consideration of the Tokyo Round multilateral trade agreements. He later served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he oversaw the agency’s relations with Congress and successful passage of the Caribbean Basin Trade Initiative, the 1984 Trade Act, and the U.S.-Israel Free Trade Agreement. Following his tenure at USTR, he became Assistant Secretary of Labor for Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Labor Department.
President Reagan appointed Bill to be Executive Secretary of the White House Economic Policy Council, where he managed the Cabinet policy-making process for domestic and foreign economic issues.
When the Reagan Administration ended, Bill joined an international business consultancy, where he worked on competitiveness issues for General Electric, Rubbermaid, and Corning. He later served as Vice President for Government Relations at Levi Strauss & Company, lobbying Congress in support of NAFTA and representing the company at trade meetings in Washington and Geneva.
In recent years, Bill has worked for Washington-based public affairs agencies representing a variety of U.S. and foreign clients including the United Nations Commission on Poverty and the governments of Colombia, Indonesia, and Singapore. Additionally, he served as Chief External Affairs Officer for the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest HR professional group, where he directed government and public affairs, media relations, and communications.