Karen Champagne joined the Salary Commission in the spring of 2021. Karen appreciates the opportunity to get more involved locally and continues to look for ways to leverage her past experiences and expertise for the benefit of the whole community. Karen and her husband have lived in Kirkland since 2010, although they met at Washington State University back in the 19080s when Robert lived in Renton and Karen lived in Kent.
Karen's work background is financial operations and has recently retired after more than 20 years at Boeing in Everett. Prior to that, she worked for the City of Spokane, first in Utility Billing and then as the Court Clerk.
Karen completed her advanced degrees while working full-time (she was the top graduate of her MBA program while also working for the City of Spokane and even completed an MS in Computer Systems at City University while at Boeing). She is currently in the JD program and a Law Review Associate at Mitchell-Hamline in St. Paul, Minnesota with an expected May 2022 graduation!
Karen is a voracious reader, enjoys spending time with her new granddaughter, and is willing to pack a suitcase for a new adventure!