Karen is the Director of Policy and Public Affairs at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). In this role she leads the policy development and strategic direction of the organization in the promotion of electric, thermal and transportation efficiency.
She was VEIC’s first Director of Transportation Efficiency where she developed and oversaw the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including founding Drive Electric Vermont as well as the development of a Transportation Efficiency Utility (TEU).
She served as the Director of the University of Vermont National University Transportation Center (UTC) and interim co-director of the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center and is the author of numerous publications focusing on transportation energy use, grid-interactive vehicles and incorporating health impacts in transportation and energy policy.
At the Vermont Agency of Transportation she served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003).
She was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1990 and served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives from 1985-1990.