Ambassador Miriam Sapiro, Deputy USTR
Ambassador Sapiro, confirmed by the Senate on December 24, 2009, is responsible for trade negotiations and enforcement in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas, including the Transatlantic Economic Council, the Middle East & North Africa Trade and Investment Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the U.S.-Brazil Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreements with countries ranging from Turkey to Egypt. Sapiro also leads USTR initiatives on services and investment, small business, market access and industrial competitiveness, intellectual property and innovation, and labor. Sapiro was instrumental in developing the President’s initiative to launch negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), as well as in securing strong bipartisan support for congressional passage of the U.S.-Colombia and the U.S.-Panama trade agreements, which entered into force last year. She also played a central role in completing 18 years of negotiations that culminated in Russia's accession to the WTO, and in reaching a landmark agreement with Guatemala to resolve the first labor case ever filed under a U.S. trade agreement.
Before joining the Obama Administration, Ambassador Sapiro was the founder and president of Summit Strategies International, a consulting firm specializing in internet and telecommunications policy issues. Prior to that, she was an executive in the technology sector.
Ambassador Sapiro worked in the Clinton White House as Special Assistant and Counselor to the President for Southeast European Stabilization and Reconstruction. She served as Director of European Affairs at the National Security Council, developing and coordinating economic and security policies. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Policy Planning Staff and worked in the Office of Legal Adviser, where she helped negotiate the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. She is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State.
Ambassador Sapiro received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the Law Review, and her B.A. from Williams College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Rotary Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford University, and has taught international courses at New York University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, and Columbia University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Washington International Trade Association.