Michael Zorger is a senior associate at The Cohen Group (TCG), joining in January 2013. TCG is an international business consultancy firm led by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen providing corporate leadership with strategic advice and practical assistance in business development, market entry, political and regulatory affairs, and deal sourcing from strategy conception to successful closing across a range of sectors. In this capacity, Mr. Zorger works with the firm’s agricultural clients as well as those in tangential sectors including energy and extractives, chemical and petrochemical, pharmaceutical and satellite communications industries, among others. He is also a member of TCG’s China regional practice.
Previously, Mr. Zorger served as Manager of Global Strategies at the U.S. Grains Council (Council), an export market development trade association for U.S. corn, barley, sorghum, and co-products like distiller’s dried grains with solubles. At the Council, Mr. Zorger was responsible for managing Executive priority initiatives in China, South and East Asia, including conducting the first in-country market assessments of Sri Lanka and Nepal. He was also responsible for
incorporating the organization’s then-new trade policy focus into the annual export strategy guiding worldwide programming.
In addition to his time at the Council, Mr. Zorger also spent time working in the office of then- Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia. He previously worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency supporting the Under Secretary on high-level China trade and priority rural economic opportunity initiatives, and with Senator John D. “Jay” Rockefeller, working in the press office conducting research and drafting talking points, press releases and speeches for the Senator.
A native of West Virginia, Mr. Zorger graduated magna cum laude from University of Pennsylvania where he majored in philosophy, politics and economics, concentrating in political science and earning honors distinction. He and his wife, Arielle, live in Washington, D.C. with their young daughter.