Leo Carter is a Director at Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel. He works with policy specialists and Fortune 500 companies on issues of overseas investment, U.S.-China trade, and global technology policy.

Prior to joining RHGM full-time in 2018, Carter worked in the international NGO sector on international illicit trade and transnational environmental issues. He also worked for several years as an educator and administrator and helped found an international education consulting firm in Changsha, China.

Carter received his Master’s degree in Global Policy Studies from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin, where he focused on international environmental law, Chinese foreign policy, and U.S.-China relations. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Rice University in Houston, TX.

Last Updated: May 12, 2021



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