Amber Cottle is the Vice President of Government Affairs & Public Policy for the United States and the Americas at Apple. In that role, Ms. Cottle heads a team responsible for Apple’s federal, state and local, and international government relations for North and South America.
Prior to joining Apple, Ms. Cottle served as the Staff Director for the United States Senate Committee on Finance under former Chairman Max Baucus. She led the Committee’s day-to-day operations and served as the chief strategist for long-term policy plans for all areas under the Finance Committee’s jurisdiction, including tax, international trade, healthcare and the debt limit. Ms. Cottle joined the Finance Committee in 2007, and prior to her elevation to Staff Director, served as the Chief International Trade Counsel, where she advised members and staff on trade and international economic issues.
Before the Senate, Ms. Cottle served for three years as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Investment. In that capacity, she was the chief negotiator of the investment provisions of multiple U.S. free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties. She also previously served for two years as Assistant General Counsel at USTR, where she represented the United States in several dispute settlements at the World Trade Organization.
Prior to that, Ms. Cottle worked in the International Group of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering for four years, and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Louis University.