Eric Biel is a Senior Advisor to Fontheim International, LLC and the GlobalWorks Foundation.
He also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Fair Labor Association, a multi-stakeholder organization that brings together business, civil society organizations, colleges, and universities to promote and protect workers’ rights and to improve working conditions globally through adherence to international labor standards.
In January 2017, Mr. Biel completed five years of service at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), where, as Associate Deputy Undersecretary, he led ILAB’s work on a diverse set of projects, including global supply chain issues and engagement with foreign governments and other stakeholders on international labor legal and policy matters. After leaving government, he worked on a variety of projects with business, law, and non-profit groups; was a frequent speaker on a range of trade, labor, and business and human rights issues; and served as a member of a high-level Council on Foreign Relations Task Force on the Future of the U.S. Workforce that will complete its work in April 2018.
From 2000-11, Mr. Biel held a variety of positions outside of government, including Managing Director for Corporate Responsibility at Burson-Marsteller; Deputy Washington Director and Senior Counsel at Human Rights First; and Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the Fontheim International consulting firm. His prior government service from 1990-2000 included Deputy Undersecretary for Trade Policy and heading the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning at the U.S. Department of Commerce; Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Protecting and Reducing Government Secrecy; and Trade Counsel at the Senate Finance Committee. Before that, he was an attorney in private practice for five years.
Since 2008, Mr. Biel has taught a course at the Georgetown University Law Center on “Human Rights at the Intersection of Trade and Corporate Responsibility” that examines a range of business and human rights issues.
He has a B.A. degree from Johns Hopkins and a joint J.D.-M.P.A. degree from Yale Law School and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.