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Sally A. Painter

Sally A. Painter

Chief Operating Officer

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

1 202 650 5461

When leaders of the Transatlantic community agree on policy, we can solve anything. To do good and do well.

Sally A. Painter is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC. She provides corporate, institutional, and public sector clients with external affairs, foreign and security policy guidance, and global business development strategies. Sally’s work focuses on supporting the democratic, economic development, and rule of law aspirations of countries around the world, particularly those undergoing transition. She is a key leader and trusted advisor in the European space, representing global businesses and governments on their most important investment and foreign policy issues, including NATO, EU, and OECD accession and the historic legislation passed by the U.S. Congress allowing their citizens to enter the U.S. visa-free.

From 1993-1995, Sally was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration, where she managed the Office of Business Liaison’s outreach and advocacy program for the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown, providing strategic advice and advocacy for U.S companies bidding on overseas contracts.Previously, Sally served as director of international at Tenneco Inc., a Fortune 500 company and was instrumental in the creation and management of the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue and the French American Business Council.

Sally also serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council as a senior advisor to its Future Europe Initiative, a member of the International Advisory Board of GLOBSEC and the Board of Directors of the GLOBSEC U.S. Foundation. Sally is also a board member of the U.S. Committee on NATO, Truman National Security Project, Global Fairness Initiative, and the Muslim Jewish Conference.

She is the recipient of the Golden Laurel Branch Award from the Republic of Bulgaria, Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from the Republic of Hungary, and the Minister of Defence Award for Distinction from the Republic of Latvia. She is also a producer of the Broadway theater production ANN, a dramatization of the life of former Texas Governor Ann Richards and a certified downhill ski instructor.


October 2023

Moving Beyond Crisis: Creating a More Prosperous and Resilient Europe

Hosted in Slovakia’s Tatra mountains, the forum serves as a key convener for EU policymakers to discuss global issues facing the region and the future of the European Union and of Transatlanticism.

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75 Years of NATO: Strengthening Global Security Through Unity and Cooperation

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the establishment of NATO, the most successful military alliance in history. NATO’s inception […]

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