Karen Kornbluh

Senior Fellow for Digital Policy

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Karen Kornbluh is senior fellow for digital policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. She served as U.S. ambassador in Paris to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the global economic standard-setting organization. Kornbluh ensured budget and activities reflected the president's strategic economic and development priorities working closely with U.S. cabinet secretaries and White House officials. As the representative of the largest donor, she served on the OECD governing board and audit committee overseeing the OECD's two thousand staff and $400 million budget.

Kornbluh spearheaded development of the first global Internet Policymaking Principles. She worked with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to launch the OECD's Gender Initiative and the Middle East-North Africa Women's Business Forum. In addition, Kornbluh led efforts to expand the OECD's reach to emerging economies, refocused the organization on developing countries, and expanded anticorruption and governance efforts. Her work was featured in a New York Times profile and a Washington Post op-ed on "The Foreign Policy of the Internet."

Previously, Kornbluh served as policy director for then Senator Obama. She served in the Clinton administration as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Treasury Department, and as director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission.

Prior to her government service, Kornbluh was a management consultant at Telesis and Townsend-Greenspan & Co. Kornbluh has written extensively on economic, technology, and family policy in publications including the New York TimesWashington PostAtlantic Monthly, and Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. She founded the New America Foundation's Work and Family Program.