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About Me

My background

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I'm a mom with two great kids and a fabulous (and supportive!) husband, Phil. We've lived here for 25 years and have a deep connection to the community. My family also owns a 160 acre farm in Alberta. While not in King County, many of the challenges ranchers and farmers face here are similar, giving me a more nuanced perspective. I understand that regulatory burdens placed on farmers without offsetting technical and financial assistance puts rural lands at risk. 


BUSINESS SKILLS: In my professional life I'm known as an innovative marketing and business development pro with a track record of forging effective partnerships and instilling tight operational and fiscal controls.


I've been a director within Microsoft Research, a VP at AOL, and CEO of a search engine company. I've managed multi-million dollar budgets, and

my various leadership roles have given me full profit & loss experience and the ability to build consensus between disparate groups.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karennhowe/

 

My top issues

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  • Raise KCD's profile and increase the number of people who engage with KCD programs 
  • Increase the number of non-profit, tribal, and civic partnerships;  strengthen, measure and communicate the impact of these relationships to constituents
  • Broaden legislative outreach to ensure KCD is top-of-mind
  • Increase the number and impact of urban/rural land owner workshop participants
  • Leverage my experience in child-advocacy to help KCD reach under-served youth and at-risk populations
  • Utilize my business background to ensure prudent and transparent  management of funds


Let's maintain KCD's work-in-process, and press ahead with focused  initiatives to ensure that our community is the kind of home we're proud to leave the next generation.


http://kingcd.org/about/board-of-supervisors/elections-and-appointments/


Endorsed by the 31st LD Democrats


My civic engagement

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 I am president of SammamishFriends.org, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainability efforts in the community. The group generates funds and guidance to Sammamish-based  volunteer organizations supporting stormwater stewardship, wildlife habitat, heritage gardens, parks & open space plus other sustainability efforts. I’ve fostered partnerships within 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 the Sammamish Huddle, a group promoting well-researched environmental policy and activism. 


I’m a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in dependency and I’ve recently been appointed to the Children and Youth Advisory Board for King County.


Other board roles:  

 PTSA,  Eastside Girls Lacrosse, Cancer Lifeline, Atlas Assistance Dogs