Expert Profile

Karen Tramontano
Dutko Worldwide

Karen A. Tramontano is a Principal at Dutko Worldwide. In this capacity, she provides corporate, institutional and public sector clients with result-oriented external affairs, foreign policy and business development strategies within the international marketplace.

From 1997 to 2001 Ms. Tramontano served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Clinton and counselor to two Chiefs of Staff, Erskine Bowles and John Podesta. Ms. Tramontano's White House portfolio incorporated a wide range of issues including international trade, transatlantic relations, the WTO, OECD and other multi-lateral institutions, economic and financial issues involving the U.S. Treasury and Commerce Departments as well as public policy issues involving the World Bank and the IMF. Other specific 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 trips, including his visits to India, Pakistan and Viet Nam. 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 is also the Founder and President of the Global Fairness Initiative, a non-governmental organization chaired by Former President Clinton with a focus on designing and promoting international trade projects that incorporate labor and environmental standards.

She also currently serves as Senior Advisor to Juan Somavia, Director General of the International Labor Organization in Geneva. Most recently, Ms. Tramontano served as Senior Advisor for Strategy and International Affairs at the Downey McGrath Group, Inc. She holds a J.D. from Catholic University Law School and a B.A. from Boston College.

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