Managing Director, PwC US
As a managing director in the Washington national tax services office of PwC, Don Carlson provides strategic advice as well as legislative, executive branch and regulatory representation for domestic and international clients of PwC on a broad spectrum of issues including tax, international trade, Social Security, budget and appropriations.
Mr. Carlson’s wide range of legislative, international and political experience spans a 34-year Capitol Hill career. For 30 years, he worked for Congressman Bill Archer, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, representing Houston’s 7th Congressional District. Mr. Carlson served as his chief of staff from 1988 to 2001. He was the chairman’s prime liaison with the Members and staff of the Ways and Means Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation. Prior to assuming that position, he was Representative Archer’s legislative director, with responsibility for all of his legislative/Committee work. His primary areas of concentration included taxation, trade, Social Security and budget matters. In addition, he was Rep. Archer’s chief political advisor and liaison to Republican Party groups at the local, state and national levels.In early 2001, he served as chief of staff to Congressman John Culberson, Republican of Texas’ 7th District. Prior to his service with Congressman Archer, he worked for former Congressmen Don Riegle and James Harvey, both of Michigan.
Mr. Carlson brings extensive international experience to the firm. He has represented Rep. Archer on international issues worldwide and is a senior advisor to the United States-Asia Foundation and has led Member and staff delegations to Asia. In addition, he has been a member of the Congressional Staff Advisory Committee on International Trade Policy of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Steering Committee for the Congressional Staff Forum on International Trade of Georgetown University’s School of Business, staff liaison for Congressman Archer to the US-Asian Business Council, and staff liaison to the MERCOSUL Congressional Study Group for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Mr. Carlson earned his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the School of International Service at the American University, Washington, DC. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1970 to 1976.