Board of Trustees
2011 Board Election
Theresa Swinehart is Executive Director, Global Internet Policy for Verizon Communications, where she specializes in emerging issues including Internet governance and engagement with policy makers, experts and stakeholders globally.
Prior to joining Verizon in 2010, Theresa was Vice President, Global and Strategic Partnerships, for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), where she had been since 2001. Her responsibilities with ICANN included staff leadership during its reform process, building and leading ICANN’s international team, the organization's strategy for global engagement and outreach, partnerships with organizations and representing the organization in international forums, particularly those relating to Internet governance. She worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including business, regional and international organizations (governmental and non-governmental), technical community, government and civil society, on a range of issues bridging technical, political and policy expertise and experience (e.g. internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)).
Before joining ICANN, Theresa was Director for Global E-Commerce at MCI, where she was responsible for emerging international Internet issues, including ISP liability (and leading an international coalition in the WIPO Treaty negotiations), data protection and the company's participation in Internet related forums including the formation of ICANN.
Theresa began her career in international human rights with a focus on economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights.
Theresa holds a law degree from American University Washington College of Law (USA), a post-graduate degree in International Studies from the University of Vienna (Austria), and a BA in International Relations from the University of California, Davis (USA).
She has represented organizations in numerous international forums, served on committees, including the Internet Governance Forum Multistakeholder Advisory Committee (MAG). She serves as one of three officers to the ISOC Advisory Council, and as one of the business community representatives to the UN Committee on Science and Technology (CSTD) Working Group on IGF improvements. She is fluent in English and German and conversant in French.