Ron Kirk Joins Dallas Mayor’s International Advisory Council

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson announced this week that former U.S. Ambassador Ron Kirk is joining the Mayor’s International Advisory Council.

Kirk served as the U.S. Trade Representative from 2009-2013 and previously served as the mayor of Dallas from 1995-2002. 

The MIAC has been crucial to Mayor Johnson’s international initiatives, including bringing the Trade Office of France to the Dallas International District last month. The International District is a 450-acre area north of Interstate 635, between Preston Road, the Dallas North Tollway encompassing the partially-demolished former Valley View Mall, and Galleria Dallas.

“I am excited to welcome my friend Ambassador Kirk to my advisory council, which has been so critical to our growing efforts to enhance our city’s standing on the international stage,” Johnson said. “Ambassador Kirk’s experience and expertise will be a welcome addition to this team, and I am grateful for his continued willingness to serve Dallas.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Ambassador Kirk to the Mayor’s International Advisory Council,” said Phillips. “His years of experience in working with global leaders as the United States Trade Representative will be an incredible addition to our team. Through his vast network of contacts, Ambassador Kirk can help us raise Dallas’ profile internationally.”

Before his tenure as mayor of Dallas, Ambassador Kirk served as the Texas Secretary of State from 1994-95. He is now Senior Of Counsel in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices.

“I look forward to working with Mayor Johnson and my fellow Ambassadors to promote and advance Dallas’ international profile as a great city for investment by global businesses,” Kirk said.

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at rachel.snyder@peoplenewspapers.com

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