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David Hirschmann is executive vice president at the U.S. Chamber and is a member of the Management Committee that helps shape the organization’s strategic direction and programs. Hirschmann is also president and CEO of three of the U.S. Chamber’s major initiatives: Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness (CCMC), Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC), and Chamber Technology Engagement Center (C_Tec).
As president and CEO of GIPC, Hirschmann leads the U.S. Chamber’s work to champion intellectual property (IP) as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress. He oversees the Center’s work in communicating the value of IP, building support for IP protection in the United States, growing alliances to promote IP in international markets, and improving enforcement.
Hirschmann joined the U.S. Chamber in 1992 to lead the U.S. Chamber’s Latin American Affairs team. In that role, he also served as executive vice president of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) and of the U.S. Section of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council.
From 1998 to 2007, he was executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation’s mission to drive the policy debate on key issues by formulating arguments and developing options in an effort to move the American business agenda forward.
Before joining the Chamber, he was legislative director for the then-chairman of the International Economic Policy and Trade Subcommittee in the House of Representatives.
Hirschmann was raised in Guatemala and is a graduate of Duke University. He lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Susan, and their daughter.