2019 Board of Supervisors Candidate Statement – Karen Howe

2019 Board of Supervisors Candidate - Karen Howe
Karen Howe

I’m interested in joining the King Conservation Board because I believe in public service and want to make a difference in the lives of King County residents. Our County’s character is evolving, and it would be tremendously exciting to be part of this formative process. I have professional experience in developing data-driven, actionable recommendations within matrixed organizations and have extensive experience in researching complex problems and negotiating resolutions.

I am president of Sammamish Friends, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainability efforts in the community. The group generates funds and guidance to Sammamish Stormwater Stewards, Sammamish Wildlife Habitat and Sammamish Walks among others. I’ve fostered partnerships with King County as we work to complete our signature project: a 28-mile trail system. I’m in the process of becoming a Certified Wildlife Steward and manage a Facebook group promoting well-researched environmental policy and activism. Additionally, I’m a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for abused and neglected children in dependency and I’ve recently been nominated to the King County Children and Youth Advisory Board.

A seasoned business leader and marketing veteran with more than 20 years of tech industry experience, I’ll leverage my skills to promote the King Conservation District mission and champion outreach to youth and underserved populations in our district.

The choices we make now will dictate the future of the community for decades to come. I’ve lived and volunteered here for 25 years and want to put my senior management experience to work.

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