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Grant D. AldonasGrant D. Aldonas is the principal managing director of Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.-based trade and investment consulting firm he founded in 2006. Mr. Aldonas also serves as an adjunct professor of law and member of the board of directors of the Institute for International Economic Law at Georgetown University’s Law Center, and is a member of the board of directors of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.

Prior to launching Split Rock, Mr. Aldonas had a distinguished career in law, business, and government focusing on international trade and investment. He was, from 2001-2005, the U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. In that capacity, Mr. Aldonas served as “America’s Salesman,” promoting U.S. exports globally and managing a federal agency with a budget of $350 million and 2,400 employees in 80 countries worldwide.

Before assuming his position as Under Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Aldonas served as Chief International Trade Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee, the top trade policy position in Congress. During his tenure on Capitol Hill, Congress enacted several historic trade bills, including the Trade and Development Act of 2000 and legislation normalizing trade relations with China following its accession to the World Trade Organization.

Mr. Aldonas was a partner with Miller & Chevalier, a Washington, D.C. law firm, prior to joining the Finance Committee. He built a broad-based practice advising many of the world’s leading corporations on international trade, investment, government contracts, taxation and international litigation. While in private practice, Mr. Aldonas also served, in 1995, as Counsel to the Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform and, in 1996, as an Adviser to the Commission on U.S.-Pacific Trade and Investment. He was also a leader in the American Bar Association’s Section of International Practice, serving as the Chair of the ABA’s Task Force on Multilateral Investment Agreements and as Vice Chair of its Committees on Trade and Foreign Investment.

Mr. Aldonas began his career as a diplomat, serving in the U.S. Foreign Service, from 1980-1984, and as a trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, from 1984-1985. He is a native of Minnesota and received his B.A. in International Relations in 1975 and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of Minnesota. He is married with three children.



Carol Petty is a co-founder and Managing Director of Split Rock International, a Washington, D.C.-based consulting and investment advisory firm.

Prior to helping found Split Rock in 2006, Carol had a successful career in management and international affairs, both in government and the private sector.

From 2003–2005, Carol was Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce. She handled many of the day-to-day contacts with American business and helped ensure that the office remained focused on delivering for U.S. exporters and investors abroad. Carol advocated for U.S. business interests and ensured that their needs were met by the various Commerce Department bureaus reporting to the Office of the Under Secretary.

As Senior Policy Advisor at the Washington law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer and Feld (2005–2006), Carol’s responsibilities included:

  • Providing political and strategic advice and creative solutions to global business on public policy matters involving international trade and investment
  • Developing corporate social responsibility, corporate governance, and crisis response communications strategies for a global leader in the steel industry

In addition, Carol’s experience includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of a major trade association and over fifteen years as a staff member to a senior U.S. Senator. She began her professional career administering a career/benefits counseling program for veterans, then served for many years as director of statewide immigration and naturalization program for the state of Delaware.