Bio

Sally A. Painter is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Blue Star Strategies, LLC.  Ms. Painter has worked throughout Central Europe on security and policy issues, including successfully representing many of these countries on their NATO and EU bids, as well as an historic Visa Equity Coalition of seven countries which allows their citizens to enter the US visa-free.

Ms. Painter has managed many large-scale public-private projects, including as senior advisor on the global NATO Summits and remains a member of the Board of the US Committee on NATO.

For the last 15 years, Ms. Painter has worked with opposition leaders to promote democracy and transparency in: Albania, Argentina, Azerbaijan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kazakhstan, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Venezuela. Throughout 2000 she served as Executive Director of the Business Coalition for U.S.-China Trade, a business group that secured passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China.

For over three years, Ms. Painter served as the Director of International at Tenneco Inc. where she negotiated new ventures in over 20 countries.  Prior to joining Tenneco, Ms. Painter was a senior advisor in the Clinton Administration. As such, she helped manage the outreach and advocacy program for Secretary of Commerce, Ronald H. Brown.

Ms. Painter is on the Board of Directors of The Truman National Security Project, the Global Fairness Initiative, Partners for Democratic Change, and 4D PAC and is a member of the Atlantic Council. Sally is also on the Advisory Council to the National Center for Sustainable Development. She has been published in the Washington Post, Politico, WE-NATO, The Hill, and the Progressive Fix. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and has commented on Fox News. She has received numerous awards for her work, including The Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit from Hungary and The Minister of Defense’s Award for Distinction from Latvia.

Follow Ms. Painter on Twitter @SallyPainter1.

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