Karen is the Director of Efficiency Vermont, Vermont’s first-in-the-nation efficiency utility. Previously, she was the Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC). In this role, she led the policy development and strategic direction of the organization in the promotion of electric, thermal and transportation energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
She was VEIC’s first Director of Transportation Efficiency where she developed and oversaw the strategic direction for VEIC transportation efficiency efforts including founding Drive Electric Vermont.
She served as the Director of the University of Vermont National University Transportation Center (UTC) and interim co-director of the University of Vermont Transportation Research Center and is the author of numerous publications focusing on transportation energy use, grid-interactive vehicles and incorporating health impacts in transportation and energy policy.
At the Vermont Agency of Transportation, she served as Director of Policy and Planning, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (1995-2003).
Karen has a deep understanding of transportation policies, programs, systems, and operations; her law background and public service in the Vermont House of Representatives further broadened her perspective of transportations’ benefits and costs.
Sessions: Pitch: Financing and Marketing Comprehensive Home Efficiency Transformations (Moderator)