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BSA’s 2017 Software Champions

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.

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 reception also highlighted information about job growth and R&D contributions from the 10 states where BSA’s members are located – California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington – as well as food and wine from those regions.

We were honored to host hundreds of guests, including Reps. Matt Gaetz, Darrell Issa, John Rutherford, Brad Schneider, and Eric Swalwell.

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BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel thanks Sen. Orrin Hatch.
BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel thanks Sen. Orrin Hatch.
From left to right: BSA Vice President of Legislative Strategy Craig Albright, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Senator Mark Warner, and BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel.
From left to right: BSA Vice President of Legislative Strategy Craig Albright, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Senator Mark Warner, and BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel.
BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel praises Congressman Will Hurd’s work for the software industry.
BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel praises Congressman Will Hurd’s work for the software industry.

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Victoria Espinel

Author:

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.

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