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 contributing to its reform process, leading the international team, the organization's strategy for global engagement and outreach, 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, 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), and is fluent in English and German and conversant in French.