Public Policy Visiting Fellow, Fall 2016
September 19, 2016
In this role, Ms. Vinograd brings both expertise in economic and national security policymaking at the federal level, as well as rich experience in engaging the private sector and spurring public-private dialog on global policy concerns. Through events, meetings, and workshops, Ms. Vinograd will share her knowledge of the DC policy landscape with students and faculty. She is Penn Wharton PPI’s fourth Visiting Fellow; previous Fellows have included former Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, and Mark Patters, former Chief of Staff at the U.S. Department of the Treasury under Secretary Tim Geithner.
Ms. Vinograd began her career in Baghdad working for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and subsequently served on President Obama’s National Security Council from 2009 to 2013, including tenures as the Director for Iraq and Middle East Economics, Director for International Economics and Energy, and Senior Advisor to the National Security Advisor. Currently, Ms. Vinograd is the Vice President of the Environmental Markets Group at Goldman Sachs, where she leads ongoing policy discussions with stakeholders regarding clean energy and tech projects.
Ms. Vinograd received her B.A. in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University. She is a David E. Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission, a Millennium Fellow at the Atlantic Council, an advisor to the Next Generation Board of the U.S. Holocaust Museum, and an advisor to UNICEF USA. She is also a regular contributor to Marie Claire, and has published in several other outlets, including Politico, War on the Rocks, and the Cipher Brief.
On September 22nd, the Penn Wharton PPI welcomed Sam Vinograd (C’05) for an interactive session reflecting on this month’s meeting of the United Nations General Assembly. Prior to joining the private sector, where she leads policy discussions with public and private stakeholders on clean energy and clean tech projects, Ms. Vinograd held various senior roles within the National Security Council at the White House during the Obama administration.