Kathryn Yontef

Kathryn Yontef is a Director on the External Affairs team within U.S. Government Affairs at Microsoft.  She is responsible for engagement with Microsoft partners and other external stakeholders, and works to advance the company’s positions related to the intersection of law, policy and technology. 
Prior to joining Microsoft, Kathryn was a Vice President at Teneo, a global advisory firm based in New York.  She spent over two years working with companies to address a broad range of issues involving corporate transactions, public policy and legislative matters, brand development, and organizational and management change.  Before that, Kathryn spent almost six years at Burson-Marsteller.  As a Director in the Issues and Crisis Practice, she managed policy-based campaigns, reputation management programs, and crisis preparedness training and response for several Fortune 100 companies in the in the technology, automotive, data services, and professional and financial services sectors. 
Kathryn serves on the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students with their writing skills and helping teachers to inspire their students to write.  She is also a member of the Young Entertainment, Media and Communications Division Executive Committee at the UJA-Federation of New York.  Kathryn earned her Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and her Master of Science from Boston University.