Sarah E. Morgenthau

Sarah E. Morgenthau

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism
Industry and Analysis


Sarah Morgenthau joined the International Trade Administration in September 2021 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the National Travel and Tourism office (NTTO). In this role, she oversees a team that works to enhance the international competitiveness of the U.S. travel and tourism industry and increase its exports, thereby supporting U.S. employment and economic growth. To that end, the Office is committed to ensuring that the United States remain a top travel destination for international visitors by providing U.S. businesses and communities with trade expertise and consultation, official statistics and analysis, joint marketing programs and partnerships, coordination with federal, state, and local organizations. In addition, NTTO serves as the Secretariat for the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (TTAB), the Tourism Policy Council (TPC), is the liaison to Brand USA, and represents U.S. travel and tourism interests in various international fora.

Sarah brings decades of experience working in the private and public sectors. She is an accomplished, outcomes-driven attorney and senior executive who is a widely respected mentor with the consummate ability to engage with influencers and key decision-makers at the uppermost levels.

Prior to ITA, Sarah was a Managing Director and head of the Washington, D.C. office at Nardello & Co., a global investigations firm. During the Obama-Biden administration, she worked for the Department of Homeland Security as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector Office and as Executive Director of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. She was also Director of Peace Corps Response at the Peace Corps where she ran development projects and initiatives in 50+ countries and stood up a global health public-private partnership with PEPFAR that was created to strengthen health education and address the shortage of skilled healthcare professionals in resource-challenged countries. Sarah was an attorney at Curtis, Mallet Prevost, Colt & Mosle, and at the Enforcement Division of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., then a United States District Judge in New Jersey.

From 2017 to 2019, Sarah served on the Governor of Rhode Island’s Homeland Security Advisory Board. She has also served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits, including the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Washington, DC Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, The Loyalty Foundation, Lehman College and PACT. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in political science from Barnard College and holds a JD from Columbia University School of Law.