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Karen Waters
A passionate advocate for child welfare and public education, Karen manages a wide range of projects, from directing voter campaigns to crafting policy at the state and federal level to implementing grassroots efforts and conducting media outreach. She was instrumental in the recent creation of the Washington Department of Children, Youth and Families to better serve the state’s most vulnerable young people, and has helped local school districts across Washington pass bonds and levies to improve the lives of schoolchildren.

Before joining S360, Karen worked at two other consulting firms and as deputy state director for Sen. Patty Murray, where she oversaw outreach with constituents and helped develop legislative responses, appropriations requests and grant support for Washington communities. During the Clinton administration, she worked as a member of the White House advance team on trips by officials to the Pacific Northwest. She has served on the boards of the Municipal League of King County, EarthCorps, Washington Wilderness Coalition and the Wilderness Volunteer Corps.

Karen holds a master’s degree in educational policy analysis from Stanford University and a B.A. in sociology from William Smith College.

This lobbyist certified completion of required code of conduct training on 12/30/2019.