Karen A. Tramontano is the Chief Executive Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC and provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with results-oriented strategies. In her previous work experience Ms. Tramontano has played a critical role in shaping some of the most important global policy issues of our time, including China Permanent Normal Trade Relations, environmental and labor standards in multilateral, regional and bilateral trade agreements, world-wide poverty reduction strategies that focus on creating jobs and employing the Decent Work Agenda and global market expansion strategies for U.S. businesses.
From 1997 to 2001, Ms. Tramontano served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton and as counselor to two Chiefs of Staff, Erskine Bowles and John Podesta. Ms. Tramontano's White House portfolio encompassed a wide range of issues, including international trade and transatlantic relations, as well as economic and financial issues involving the U.S. Treasury and Department of Commerce. She played a major role in shaping policy concerning the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and other multilateral institutions, while handling public policy issues involving the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Ms. Tramontano’s other significant accomplishments include spearheading the successful White House initiative to bring the Child Labor Convention into law and leading the team that developed the Comprehensive Steel Plan to rationalize global steel production. Additionally, she managed many of President Clinton’s international state visits, including the public policy components for the landmark trips to India, Pakistan, and Vietnam. In 2001, she served as Chief of Staff for President Clinton’s transition, where she established his office and presence in New York.
Ms. Tramontano continues her work with President Clinton through the Global Fairness Initiative (GFI), of which she is Founder and President. GFI is a non-profit organization working to promote a more equitable and sustainable approach to globalization to ensure its benefits reach all people, including the working poor.
Additionally, she currently serves as Senior Advisor to Juan Somavia, Director General of the International Labor Organization in Geneva, and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law School.
Previously, Ms. Tramontano was the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Washington, DC and has served as counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, and as Chief of Staff to Service Employees International Union presidents John Sweeny and Andy Stern. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College. An aging tri-athlete, she holds a 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.