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Dr. Lawrence Spinelli

Acting President
Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)



President Barack Obama named Dr. Lawrence Spinelli, longtime Director of Public Affairs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), to be Acting President of OPIC on January 20, 2009.

Dr. Spinelli had directed OPIC’s public affairs programs since 1998. In that capacity he was responsible for all public diplomacy and outreach activities.  He spearheaded several OPIC initiatives, including the agency’s Partners Program, which is a collaboration with organizations throughout the United States; a series of nationwide workshops for minority and women-owned businesses; and OPIC’s international investment conferences, held annually since 2003. Dr. Spinelli also served as OPIC’s Director of Small Business from 1998 until 2002. 

Prior to joining OPIC, Dr. Spinelli served as Vice President for Corporate Communications at the National Alliance of Business.  He spent over a decade on Capitol Hill as a policy adviser and communications director for three members of Congress, including then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  He was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Drew University, where he directed off-campus programs in Washington and London, and was a Professorial Lecturer at American University.  Dr. Spinelli is the author of Dry Diplomacy: the United States, Great Britain and Prohibition. 

Dr. Spinelli received his undergraduate degree from Drew University, a master of arts degree in government from Georgetown University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from New York University.

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