As Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Ambassador Sapiro led trade negotiations and enforcement with countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas. She also oversaw initiatives on services, investment, industrial competitiveness, intellectual property and innovation, labor and small business.
Ambassador Sapiro was instrumental in launching negotiations on a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union, as well as securing strong bipartisan support for Congress’ approval of the U.S.-Colombia and U.S.-Panama trade agreements, integrating Canada and Mexico into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), strengthening U.S. economic engagement with the Middle East and North Africa, and improving U.S.-Russian trade and investment ties, among advancing other key issues. She served on the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and as a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Ambassador Sapiro worked in the White House as Special Assistant and Counselor to President Clinton. She served as Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council, developing and coordinating security and economic issues. She joined the NSC from the State Department, where she worked on the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff and in the Office of Legal Adviser, helping to negotiate the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. Ambassador Sapiro is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Sapiro was the founder of Summit Strategies International, a consulting firm specializing in Internet governance and telecommunications policy issues. She earned her B.A. from Williams College and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review. She was awarded a Rotary Fellowship to Oxford University and taught international law at Colombia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, New York University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. She serves on the Board of Project Hope and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.