Lawrence 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 US; a series of nationwide workshops for minority and women-owned businesses; and OPIC’s international investment conferences, held annually since 2003. Spinelli also served as OPIC’s Director of Small Business from 1998 until 2002. He received his PhD in history from New York University.