Kara Sutton

MA International Commerce & Diplomacy

Highly motivated, enterprising international trade and technology policy professional with demonstrated experience using detailed research and analysis to create policy recommendations and government engagement strategies.  Experienced in US and international government lobbying, political communication and analysis, and project management. 



Currently, senior manager of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Global Regulatory Cooperation. Oversee the Chamber’s international high-tech and digital policy work, with an emphasis on global data privacy and data transfer policies and best practices. Work extensively with companies of all sizes and sectors on efforts to preserve cross-border data flows and fight forced localization. Lead private sector engagement in multiple international fora and works closely with governments worldwide on developing policies that support innovation.


Previously, policy director at the Trans-Atlantic Business Council in Washington, D.C. Worked directly with CEO to develop a transatlantic policy agenda and oversee government engagement.  Regularly wrote and circulated policy position statements, organized events, and built relationships with the U.S. Executive Branch, U.S. Congress, EU institutions, EU Member State governments, and EU embassies. Covered a wide array of industry issues with expertise in technology and trade policy.

Previously, legislative relations project manager at the Bertelsmann Foundation North America (German-American think tank).  Led the Foundation's legislative outreach including staff delegation trips, managed events and programs on trade/transatlantic topics, and regularly contributed to Foundation publications. 


Enjoy traveling, sewing projects, learning HTML,/CSS/JavaScript, and studying languages.