Karen Kornbluh

Karen Kornbluh
U.S. Ambassador to the OECD

Karen Kornbluh was sworn in as Ambassador and U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in August, 2009.

Ambassador Kornbluh served as Policy Director for then-Senator Barack Obama from 2005-2008 and authored the 2008 party platform. Previously, she was Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury Department; Assistant Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau; Director of the Commission's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs; and economic policy advisor to Senator John Kerry. She began her career as an economic forecaster and management consultant to US manufacturing companies.

Ambassador Kornbluh has published articles on economic policy in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Atlantic Monthly. She founded the Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation, where she was also a Markle Technology Policy Fellow. As a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress, she led the effort to create a Green Bank and contributed to “The Shriver Report: a Woman’s Nation Changes Everything.”

Ambassador Kornbluh received her Masters from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.

Recent Events

July 21, 2010

ITIF hosts a discussion on innovation policy both in the United States and the OECD with US CTO Aneesh Chopra, Andrew Wyckoff, Karen Kornbluh, Robert Atkinson and others.