Raised on Chicago's South Side by a Métis mother from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and a shanty Irish Teamster father, it was inevitable that Karen would want to champion the interests of hard-working people.
Karen's first job was at an indie record store, where her encyclopedic knowledge of the punk rock canon lent itself to a desire to take part in and organize the creative expression of public influence, a.k.a., the ad world. She worked her way up from creative and production secretary (yes, back when an assistant was called “secretary”) to senior producer and now production manager.
She has worked for multicultural, general market, and pharmaceutical agencies on a variety of brands including AT&T, Bimbo Bakeries, Coca-Cola, General Mills, Kraft, McDonald’s, Miller Brewing, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, Verizon, AstraZeneca.
Having always wished that people cared about politics as much as they cared about sports, getting to work on ads for Democratic candidates and groups was always a lifelong dream. And now she's livin' it.
Karen lives on the far north side of Chicago with her dog and record collection.