President and CEO

Victoria Espinel

Victoria Espinel is a respected authority on the intersection of technology innovation, global markets and public policy. She leads strategic efforts that help shape the technology landscape in 60 countries through work in BSA’s 10 global offices.

Espinel also serves as the President of Software.org: the BSA Foundation. Software.org is an independent and nonpartisan international research organization created to help policymakers and the broader public better understand the impact that software has on our lives, our economy, and our society.

Espinel served for a decade in the White House, for both Republican and Democratic Administrations as President Obama’s advisor on intellectual property and, before that, as the first ever chief US trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation at USTR. She was also a professor of international trade and intellectual property at the George Mason School of Law.

Espinel is a founding and ongoing co-sponsor of Girls Who Code’s Washington, DC, summer immersion program, which empowers young women to pursue careers in STEM fields. She speaks before audiences around the world to build visibility for the amazing things people can do with software, and encourages businesses, governments, and the public to support a policy environment that will enable even more software breakthroughs.

Espinel chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Digital Economy and Society. She 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. She 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. Follow her on Twitter: @victoriaespinel.

Posts by Victoria Espinel

On Wednesday, we celebrated Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mark Warner and Reps. Will Hurd and Suzan DelBene as BSA’s 2017 Software Champions during a rooftop reception. I would again like to thank each Member of Congress for working tirelessly for the software industry, for their bipartisan leadership in educating others about software issues, and for their dedication to modernizing policies.

The Privacy Shield agreement has already improved data protection and digital trade between the EU and the US in its first year, and that should continue, writes Victoria A. Espinel.

Last Friday, BSA held its second annual Global Day of Service, where we encourage BSA team members around the world to take time out of their workday to volunteer at local organizations. This year, nine of our offices participated and it has been incredibly rewarding to see their acts of service. This year, I joined … Read More >>

When it comes to software, society faces three key challenges. We need to design policies that can stay ahead of cutting-edge technologies. We need to prepare for the workforce of the future. And we need to better support diversity, inclusion, and economic opportunity for all. Software.org: the BSA Foundation will tackle all of these challenges … Read More >>

When will you be able to buy a 4D-printed coat that becomes waterproof when it starts to rain? When will the government start collecting taxes via the blockchain? When will an augmented reality movie win a Golden Globe award? When will you work for a company with a robot on its board of directors? When … Read More >>