Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, a coalition of CEOs, university presidents, national laboratory directors and labor leaders committed to driving U.S. productivity and prosperity. She is the founder and president of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), the first international, public-private organization to promote global economic growth, collaboration and innovation.
With more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, Ms. Wince-Smith served in the Reagan White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. During the George H.W. Bush administration, she became the country’s first Senate-confirmed U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy.
Ms. Wince-Smith is currently a member of the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation Board. She also serves as vice chair of the Women Corporate Directors. She is a member of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, co-chaired by former Governor Jon Huntsman and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair. She also serves on Purdue University’s Strategic Research Advisory Council and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
An expert in national and global innovation policy and technology commercialization, Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Board of Directors of NanoMech, Inc., a leading innovator in industrial nanomaterials, and Aerolase, a company at the forefront of portable laser medical devices. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Delos Living, LLC. She is a member of the Board of the American Associates of Japan’s prestigious Science and Technology in Society Forum and the Qatar Foundation’s R&D Advisory Board.
Ms. Wince-Smith was vice chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. From 2005-2012, she served as a public director of NASDAQ-OMX. From 2006-2013 she served as a Senate-confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service. She is also a former Trustee of Lehigh University.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Vassar College, Ms. Wince-Smith earned her master’s degree in classical archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Michigan State University, an Honorary Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Toledo and an Honorary Doctorate of Law honoris causa from The Queens University of Belfast.
Her two sons are graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy and are currently serving as officers in the U.S. Navy and Marines Corp. She resides in McLean, Virginia.