BSA President and CEO Victoria A. Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of technology innovation, global markets and public policy. After a decade of White House service in both Republican and Democratic Administrations, she is now the software industry’s leading champion, overseeing BSA programs and initiatives in 60 countries through its 10 offices around the world.
Prior to heading BSA, Espinel was nominated by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. In that pioneering role, she conceived the first ever government-wide strategy on intellectual property enforcement and implemented it by prioritizing $100 million in resources and the activities of 800 employees across federal agencies.
Espinel also was the first Assistant United States Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation. As the chief US trade negotiator on these issues, she developed the department’s mission, directed ongoing bilateral discussions with more than 60 countries and led an interagency team in authoring a new chapter on intellectual property that has been used in every US free trade agreement negotiated since 2002.
Between her roles at the US Trade Representative and White House, Espinel was a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law and served as an advisor to congressional committees. Earlier in her career, she was attorney in private practice focused on global policy issues.
Espinel was appointed by President Obama to serve on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), the principal advisory group for the US government on international trade. A frequent keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, she also chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of IT Software.
Espinel holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.