Mr. Strauss is a founding partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, as well as chairman of AG Global Solutions. Mr. Strauss served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1973 to 1976 and chairman of President Carter's election campaigns in 1976 and 1980. He served as special trade representative under President Carter, as well as the President's personal representative to the Middle East Peace Negotiations. He later served as U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union. Currently, he is with Akin Gump and serves as chairman of the U.S.-Russia Business Council, is a member of the Council on Foreign Affairs, and is a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.