Karen worked as an attorney and mediator at the USEPA for 27 years before her retirement in 2016. During her tenure at the EPA, she primarily worked in the Superfund program negotiating cleanups of contaminated sites. During her time in the Denver EPA office, she worked extensively on the cleanup of large mining sites. However, her passion at EPA involved the redevelopment and reuse of contaminated property in both the Superfund and Brownfields programs. Karen also spent three years in the Environmental Justice program. Karen started her career at the EPA in the Philadelphia office where she conducted enforcement activities under a variety of other statutes.
During the final years of her time at the EPA, Karen led the largest union representing EPA employees and served on Lakewood City Council.
BA in Sociology from Benedictine University; JD from Washington Univ. in St. Louis