On June 25, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Karen Kornbluh to be the Permanent Representative of the U.S. to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD Paris). The WH released the following official bio:
Karen Kornbluh is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress. She served as policy director in then-Senator Obama’s Senate office, beginning in 2005. Ms. Kornbluh founded the Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation, a centrist think tank, where she was also a Markle Fellow. Previously, she served as deputy chief of staff at the US Treasury Department. From 1994 to 1997, she filled several roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including Assistant Chief of the Commission’s International Bureau, helping to negotiate the World Trade Organization Agreement on Basic Telecommunications, and Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs while the agency was implementing key provisions of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. She earlier worked for Senator John Kerry (D-MA) on economic issues. Ms. Kornbluh began her career as a management consultant to Fortune 500 manufacturing companies and an economist at forecasting firm Townsend-Greenspan & Co.
She received a Masters from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Bryn Mawr College.
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Ms. Kornbluh was Barack Obama’s chief policy director from the beginning of his Senate tenure throughout his 2008 presidential campaign. If confirmed, she would replace Christopher Egan, who was appointed during George W. Bush’s second term.