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Karen A. Tramontano

Karen A. Tramontano

Chief Executive Officer

888 17th Street, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC, USA 20006

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“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln

Karen A. Tramontano is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC where she provides corporate, institutional, and public sector clients with results oriented strategies.

From 1997 to 2001, Karen served in the White House as deputy chief of staff to President William Jefferson Clinton and counselor to Erskine Bowles and John Podesta. Her portfolio encompassed a wide range of issues, including international trade and transatlantic relations as well as economic and financial issues concerning the World Trade Organization, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Karen later served as chief of staff for President Clinton’s transition, where she established his office and presence in New York City. Before her tenure at the White House, Karen served as chief of staff to mayor of the District of Columbia Sharon Pratt, chief of staff to Service Employees International Union presidents John Sweeney and Andy Stern, and counsel to the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

Karen is also Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative, a nonprofit organization working to promote a more equitable and sustainable approach to globalization.

Karen earned a J. D. degree from Catholic University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College. An aging triathlete, she holds a fifth degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.


March 2023

U.S. Perspective on The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 includes numerous provisions to address issues including gaps in health care, much needed incentives to address climate change, corporate taxation policies, and the high cost of prescription drugs.

October 2023

President Biden’s 2024 Budget Proposal

On March 9, 2023, President Biden unveiled his 2024 budget proposal in Pennsylvania, a staged event that had not been done in years.

April 2023

U.S. Perspective on Relations with China

Prior to French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to China this April, Macron and U.S. President Biden agreed that Macron should seek China’s help to end Russian President Vladimir Putin's war in Ukraine.

May 2023

U.S. Perspective on Labor Relations

Unions have a seat at the table and the Biden Administration is focused on creating jobs that can and should be "union jobs."

June 2023

Is There a Future for U.S. Bipartisanship?

Was it so praiseworthy to note that Speaker McCarthy allowed the legislation to come to the floor for a vote knowing that he needed Democrats to support it? In a word, yes.

October 2023

U.S. Perspective on Transatlantic Relations: Ukraine and the Fight for Funding?

NATO remains the most successful military alliance in history, contributing to Western prosperity and being pivotal in preventing new world wars.

October 2023

U.S. Update: 2023 Off Year Elections

Update on Off year Elections in the U.S.

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Opinion: Reflections From Berlin

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May 2024

U.S. Political Update

Although the details have not been worked out, President Biden and former President Trump have agreed to have two debates […]

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