WASHINGTON, DC — October 30, 2014 —
The White House today made official President Obama’s appointment of Victoria Espinel, President and CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance, to serve on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN).
ACTPN is the principal advisory group for the US government on trade matters. The committee is comprised of industry, labor, consumer and other public interest advocates who advise the US Trade Representative to ensure the Administration’s trade agenda reflects the country’s commercial and economic interests.
“I am honored to serve in this role and provide the software industry’s unique perspective on the opportunity to forge forward-looking trade agreements for the 21st century,” Espinel said. “Software innovation is revolutionizing trade. We need to ensure that new agreements are crafted in ways that allow the United States and its trading partners around the world to capture the maximum possible benefit from this innovation.”
Espinel brings extensive trade policy experience to the committee. She has headed BSA since 2013, having previously served as the first US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. From 2007 to 2009, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the George Mason University School of Law where she taught intellectual property and international trade. In 2005, Espinel became Assistant US Trade Representative and led the USTR Office of Intellectual Property and Innovation until 2007. She now serves as chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of IT Software & Services.