Dr. Lawrence Spinelli
Acting Vice President of External Affairs
Dr. Spinelli is the Director of Outreach and Public Affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).
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 organizes seminars and workshops throughout the United States for small businesses, he created and manages OPIC’s Partners Program and he serves as chairman of OPIC’s Business Development HUB. In 2009, Dr. Spinelli was selected to serve as OPIC’s Acting President and CEO, a position he held for over eighteen months making him the longest serving acting president in the history of the agency. Dr. Spinelli was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2013 for his “outstanding efforts in connecting U.S. businesses with emerging markets.”
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. Dr. Spinelli was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at 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.