Director of Outreach and Public Affairs
Dr. Lawrence Spinelli
Dr. Spinelli is the Director of Outreach and Public Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) which is the U.S. government’s development finance institution.  At OPIC, Dr. Spinelli is responsible for all public diplomacy activities, including outreach and business development, and he serves as OPIC’s liaison to a wide array of business organizations and government agencies in the United States and throughout the world. 

Dr. Spinelli launched OPIC’s Expanding Horizons program in 2006 which sponsors seminars and workshops for small businesses, he organized seven Access to Opportunity international conferences which focus on investment opportunities in emerging markets, and he created and manages OPIC’s Partners Program.  In January 2009, President Obama named Dr. Spinelli as OPIC’s Acting President and CEO, a position he held until June 2010 making him the longest serving acting president in the history of the agency.
Prior to joining OPIC in 1998, Dr. Spinelli was the Vice President for Corporate Communications at the National Alliance of Business.    He spent over a decade on Capitol Hill as a policy and communications director for three members of Congress, including then Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr.  Dr. Spinelli 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. He is the author of Dry Diplomacy: the United States, Great Britain and Prohibition

Dr. Spinelli received his undergraduate degree from Drew University, a masters degree in government from Georgetown University, and a masters degree and doctorate degree in history from New York University.