Goals & Priorities

My background


I'm a mom with two great kids and a fabulous (and supportive!) husband, Phil. We've lived here for over 25 years and have a deep connection to the community that can only be achieved by living and volunteering here for decades.

BUSINESS SKILLS: In my professional life I'm known as a skilled manager; 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 subsidiary of Technicolor. I've managed multi-million dollar budgets, carried quota responsibilities, and

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


My goals


  • Champion parks and natural spaces; prioritize completion of the park's 6-year capital improvement plan
  • Provide safe roads, sidewalks  and bike paths + enhance all public transportation options
  • Broaden regional outreach to ensure Sammamish resident's interests are represented
  • Leverage my experience in child and youth advocacy to serve our youngest community members 
  • Utilize my business background to ensure prudent and transparent  management of funds. 

It's time to get Sammamish moving and press ahead with common sense  initiatives to ensure that our community is the home we're proud to leave the next generation.


 "Karen is a strong environmental steward who makes data-driven decisions and who has shown in her years in management that she is a person who will seek common ground and collaborate with other council members to serve our community." - Rep. Kim Schrier 

Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, WA Bikes, National Women's Political Caucus, 45th LD, 41st LD, 5th LD, King County Democrats,

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, King County Realtors, WA State, Senator Manka Dhingra, WA State Reps. Bill Ramos & Lisa Callan, former Sammamish Mayors Don Gerand, Kathy Huckabay, LWSD  Board Member Mark Stuart, ATU 587 Transit Endorsement, and Washington For All

My civic engagement


 I am president of, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainability efforts in the community. The group generates funds and provides 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 a Certified Wildlife Steward and manage the Sammamish Huddle, a group promoting well-researched environmental policy and activism. 

I’m an active 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-level roles:  

 PTSA,  Eastside Girls Lacrosse, Cancer Lifeline, Atlas Assistance Dogs, Prescription Drug Assistance Foundation, DeerPark HOA

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Karen Howe for Sammamish

Here's a short video to let you know more about who I am and why I'm running for city council.