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Clark Packard

Trade Policy Counsel at R Street Institute

Clark Packard is trade policy counsel at the R Street Institute. In addition to his own research and writing about trade policy, Clark does outreach work for the finance, insurance and trade department at R Street.

Clark joined R Street in May 2017 from the National Taxpayers Union, where he was counsel and government affairs manager, serving as the organization’s point person on trade and financial services policy and providing legal counsel to the organization’s senior officers.

Before joining NTU, Clark was an attorney and budget and policy adviser for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Earlier in his career, Clark worked in private practice, where he advised financial services companies on federal and state financial regulation. During law school and shortly thereafter, he worked as a budget and policy adviser to then-South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

Clark is a graduate of the University of Dayton and the University of South Carolina School of Law.


What the Democrats should do on trade

December 6, 2018
Reflecting on the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 six months after its passage, Senator Reed Smoot (R-Utah)  declared: “The improvement since passage of the act has been… Read More

How to restrain the President: Congress and trade policy

November 14, 2018
Since his inauguration, President Trump has levied aggressive, unilateral tariffs on numerous products, which has triggered foreign retaliation against American exports. However, the controlling of international trade is originally Congress’s… Read More