Ambassador (ret.) Miriam Sapiro

President & CEO

Ambassador Sapiro has more than 25 years of experience in the U.S. Government at the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, as well as in the private sector.  

Over the course of her distinguished career, she has worked with governments and international organizations worldwide to address many of the critical foreign policy, humanitarian, and economic challenges at the core of InterAction’s work.  

Early in her career, Ambassador Sapiro worked on human rights and refugee issues as an international lawyer at the State Department. Later, as a member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, she advised Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and helped negotiate the Dayton Peace Accords that ended the war in Bosnia. She then joined the National Security Council as Director for Europe before being appointed by the White House as Special Assistant to President Clinton and Counselor for Southeast European Reconstruction to coordinate efforts to rebuild the region.  

As Deputy and Acting U.S. Trade Representative during the Obama administration, Ambassador Sapiro led negotiations and enforcement with countries around the world. She directed initiatives that included securing labor and environmental rights, supporting small businesses, and promoting innovation. 

Ambassador Sapiro is a Senior Advisor (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Lufthansa Group. She is a commentator for news outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Washington Post, NPR, CNBC, and Bloomberg. She received a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and was a Rotary Fellow at Oxford University (St. Antony’s College). In 2021, she was named the inaugural Polis Distinguished Fellow at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.