Ambassador Miriam Sapiro is the founder of Summit Strategies International and a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Global Economy and Development program. Miriam served as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 2009 to 2014 and as Acting U.S. Trade Representative in 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors.
As Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Miriam led trade negotiations and enforcement with countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Americas. She oversaw initiatives on services, investment, industrial competitiveness, intellectual property and innovation, labor and small business.
Miriam was instrumental in launching negotiations on a new Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with the European Union. She played a leading role in 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 concluding Russia’s entry in the WTO after nearly two decades of negotiations. She served on the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).
Previously, Miriam 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 policies. She joined the NSC from the State Department, where she was a member of the Secretary’s Policy Planning Staff and the Office of Legal Adviser, and worked with Ambassador Holbrooke to negotiate the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. Miriam is the recipient of two Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State.
Miriam 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 is on the Boards of Project HOPE and the Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT). She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on WIPO’s List of Neutrals for dispute settlement.
Summit Strategies, founded in 2002, provides strategic advice and analysis to companies and organizations on a range of issues, including international trade, foreign investment, technology policy, Internet governance, intellectual property and complex dispute settlement.