Senate Confirms Ambassador Kornbluh to the BBG

karen kornbluh twnWASHINGTON – The United States Senate last night unanimously confirmed Ambassador Karen Kornbluh to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees all U.S. government-supported civilian international media.

“Karen’s international media expertise, experience and insight will be tremendous assets for the BBG,” said Chairman Jeff Shell. “I look forward to working with her and benefiting from her knowledge and involvement.”

Ambassador Karen Kornbluh is the Executive Vice President of External Affairs for Nielsen, responsible for global public policy, privacy strategy, and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining Nielsen, Kornbluh was the U.S. Ambassador to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) from 2009 – 2012. Previously, she was Policy Director for then Senator Barack Obama.  In the Clinton Administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff at the US Treasury Department and Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Federal Communications Commission.  Additionally, Kornbluh founded the New America Foundation’s Work and Family Program and is a senior fellow for Digital Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College and a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Kornbluh will succeed Governor Michael Meehan, who has served on the board since July 2010. Board Chair Jeff Shell noted Meehan’s departure saying, “As a Board, we are indebted to Michael for his years of dedicated service and passion for our important mission.”