Sarah Bernard is a seasoned Internet executive with experience spanning both public and private sectors, ranging from media conglomerates to start-ups.
During President Barack Obama’s first term, Ms. Bernard was appointed by the White House as Director of Online Engagement and most recently served as Deputy Director for the Office of Digital Strategy. In this capacity, she helped lead the White House’s first new media department charged with amplifying the Obama Administration’s policies, providing a direct communication line for citizens to the White House, and advising government agency online efforts. During her time of service, Ms. Bernard oversaw the White House’s digital programming efforts including whitehouse.gov, White House social media presences, email and mobile programs while building the White House Communications online outreach and engagement practice.
Prior to this role, she held numerous internet leadership roles including, the CEO of Barrington Interactive, the founding President of IAC’s 23/6, the first General Manager of The Huffington Post, VP and General Manager for AOL’s first line extension, AOL for Small Business, and Director of Business Development at washingtonpost.com.
A native of Los Angeles, Bernard received her BA in English from UCLA and her MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU.