Karen was born, raised, and educated in Chapel
Hill. She currently serves as the Director of Business Development at
IntraHealth International, a Chapel Hill based non-profit organization
dedicated to ensuring that people around the world have access to quality
Prior to her work in global health, Karen
served as the Program Manager at the Orange County Family Resource Centers, a
non-profit that provided family support programs in public housing and
low-income neighborhoods in Chapel Hill.
Karen has served the community in a wide array
of capacities, including as chair of the Chapel Hill Public Housing Advisory
Board, co-chair of the Ephesus Elementary School Improvement Team, PORCH neighborhood
coordinator, and mentor for the Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate program. She has
also been active in school equity issues, and Get Out the Vote and election
Karen earned an undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel
Hill and a graduate degree in English and secondary education from Boston
Karen lives in the Booker Creek neighborhood
with her wife, Alyson Grine, an attorney who teaches at NC Central University
School of Law. Karen and Alyson have two children, Hazel, age 11, and Wyatt,
age 8, along with a dog, a cat, and a crested gecko.
Council Committee on Economic Sustainability
Council Committee on Affordable Housing
Housing Advisory Board
Mayor’s Committee on Affordable Rental
Stormwater Management Utility Advisory Board
The primary mission of the Mayor and Council, as the governing body of the Town is to adopt and provide for the execution of ordinances, rules and regulations as may be necessary or appropriate to protect health, life or property, or to promote the comfort, convenience, security, good order, better government, or the general welfare of the Town and its citizens.
The Mayor and eight Council Members constitute the governing body of the Town. In accordance with the Town’s Charter, the voters elect a Mayor every two years. Council Members are elected to four-year, staggered terms on an at-large basis. Town Council duties include:
Amendment of previously adopted policies through changes in the Town Code of Ordinances and the Development Ordinance, and by revision of policies and documents.
Appointment of advisory boards, commissions, task forces and committees.
Appointment of the Town Manager and Town Attorney.
Establishment of agreements with other governments.