Executive Vice President and Head of International Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Brilliant drives the global business strategy of the organization. He leads the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association in Washington, D.C., representing the Chamber and its members before foreign governments, the U.S. government, and international business organizations.
In 2009, Brilliant assumed leadership of the Chamber’s International Affairs Division and greatly expanded the organization’s global footprint. He directed successful advocacy campaigns for congressional passage of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, as well as legislation to establish a level playing field for U.S. companies in Russia. Brilliant leads the Chamber’s ongoing work on issues such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the U.S.-EU trade pact, and he directs a robust program of work with China. His responsibilities also extend to 10 Chamber-hosted business councils that work to enhance trade and investment ties to Brazil, Egypt, Japan, Korea, and South Africa, among other nations.
Brilliant has pioneered new Chamber business initiatives focused on key markets, including the regional Middle East Initiative, the U.S.-Mexico Leadership Initiative, and the China Track II dialogue. He is frequently quoted in the media on a broad range of issues relating to international business and trade policy, and he is a regular guest on CNBC, CNN, and other news programs.
Brilliant serves on a number of boards, including the Atlantic Council, the U.S. Council for International Business, and the Center for International Private Enterprise. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Committee on United States-China Relations, and he serves as an economic development adviser to the governor of China’s Guangdong Province. In addition, he advises companies on international business strategies.
Previously, Brilliant was the Chamber’s vice president for Asia, where he significantly expanded the reach and impact of the Chamber’s Asia program. Recognizing his many years of work on U.S.-China relations, Washingtonian magazine in January 2007 dubbed Brilliant a key player in its “Who’s Who Guide” of influential leaders on U.S.-China economic policy. He also took a leadership role in the business community’s advocacy for congressional approval of permanent normal trade relations with China, as well as free trade agreements with Singapore and Australia. From 2004 to 2009, he was president of the U.S.-Korea Business Council.
Before joining the Chamber in 1994, Brilliant was an attorney with Stewart and Stewart in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law and his B.A. in government and politics from the University of Maryland. He is married and has three children.