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Espinel at home in global software policy

Entrepreneurial spirit helps BSA expand focus beyond intellectual property protection


March 27, 2020

Global issues have always drawn Victoria Espinel, CEO of BSA | The Software Alliance.

“My whole career, I wanted to do international work,” she says. “That’s one of the reasons I came to BSA, because it’s such a global organization.”

Espinel, after seven years at major law firms, was an assistant visiting professor of intellectual property and international trade at the George Mason University School of Law when she was tapped to be the nation’s first “intellectual property czar” by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Weeks after leaving the White House in 2013, Espinel took the top job at BSA, where the main priority at the time was intellectual property.

Espinel grew up in the Washington, D.C., area. Her father, an immigrant from Colombia, was a U.S. Army doctor stationed at Fort Belvoir, in Virginia. She graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Georgetown Law School.