Beth Schwanke is the executive director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security. She previously served as senior policy counsel and director of policy outreach for the Center for Global Development, a think tank researching international development. In her role, Schwanke led the Center’s policy outreach efforts, advised the organization’s senior management, and secured implementation of research and policy proposals.
Schwanke was also previously an associate in the Federal Law and Policy Practice Group in the multinational law firm DLA Piper, where she advised clients in congressional investigations and on sanctions compliance. Prior to her time at DLA Piper, Schwanke served as legislative counsel for the non-profit organization Freedom Now, where she directed legal, political, and public relations advocacy efforts to secure the release of political prisoners. Her clients included Liu Xiaobo, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Schwanke has provided her expertise to commentary for Al-Jazeera, CNN, and NPR, among other international news outlets. Her writing has been published in such publications as The New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and the Wall Street Journal.
Schwanke earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Wellesley College and her Juris Doctorate at the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an associate and contributing editor of the Michigan Law Review.