Lael Brainard, a former Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development program (2001-2009), has been named as a possible replacement for Ron Kirk, who is stepping down as the US Trade Representative (USTR).
Brainard currently serves as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs.
Her husband is Kurt Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. He is Co-founder of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Campbell is expected to step down soon and he may return to CNAS.