Claude Fontheim is the CEO of Fontheim International, LLC, a public policy and corporate social responsibility advisory firm. He has 37 years of experience in these fields and was among the first CSR practitioners.
Fontheim has published numerous articles and speaks regularly on international trade, corporate social responsibility, and labor policy.
Fontheim’s CSR work includes developing, managing and advising on innovative policies and programs for some of the world’s leading consumer-facing brands, crisis avoidance, management and resolution, stakeholder engagement, and developing partnerships with high credibility stakeholders (including labor, human rights and other nongovernmental organizations).
Fontheim has worked on numerous trade negotiations, policy debates, and almost every significant piece of trade legislation since 1981. He previously served on the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade Advisory Committee on Africa, and the State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy.
Fontheim has served as an adviser on trade, economic and foreign policy to Presidential and Congressional campaigns.
Fontheim’s nonprofit activities include service on the following boards of directors:
- GlobalWorks Foundation , Chairman & Co-Founder
- GoodWeave International, Chairman, Board of Directors
- Center for International Private Enterprise, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
- NewDEAL, Board of Directors
- Alliance to End Hunger, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
He also serves on advisory boards to the American Leadership Initiative of which he is the founder, the University of Michigan – Michigan in Washington Program and InterAction.
Fontheim received his J.D., M.P.P., and B.A. from the University of Michigan where he graduated with High Honors, High Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa, and was Managing Editor of Michigan’s international law publication.