Karen Kornbluh was ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development from 2009 to 2012.
Previously she served as Policy Director for then-Senator Barack Obama. She has also been Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S. Treasury Department and Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission. Early in her career, she was a management consultant to Fortune 100 manufacturing companies and an economic forecaster. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Markle Technology Fellow, and Director of the Work and Family Program at the New America Foundation. Kornbluh has written extensively about technology policy and family policy for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic. New York Times columnist David Brooks cited her Democracy article "Families Valued" as one of the best magazine articles of 2006.