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Karen Kominsky is a public affairs professional with more than 25 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Karen served as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey, for Governor Richard J. Codey and Governor James E. McGreevey from December 2002 until January 2006. Her primary focus was managing legislative affairs for both governors. During her tenure, she guided the passage of many landmark pieces of legislation for the State, such as automobile insurance reform, a stem-cell research initiative, the Highlands Protection Act and the NJ Domestic Partnership Law.
Prior to her appointment, Karen's career came full circle when she became Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, where she had originally launched her professional career. As Deputy Commissioner, Karen focused on open space preservation, state planning and the State’s initiatives to redevelop Asbury Park and Camden. In addition to overseeing all DEP programs, she was responsible for the integration of environmental protection and community development issues within the governor’s smart growth initiative. She served on the NJDEP Task Force on Permit Efficiency, having been selected by then Commissioner and future EPA Administrator, Lisa Jackson.
From 1999 to 2001, Karen was president of Public Affairs Management Group, a lobbying firm focused on the executive and legislative branches of government. Before that, Karen’s outstanding reputation for expertise in regulatory affairs was honed as a partner with the GluckShaw Group, where she specialized in land use and environmental issues.
Karen has engaged in public service for several years with tremendous distinction. Her career includes appointments by former Governor Christie Whitman to serve as acting chair of the NJ Building Authority, and former Governor Donald DiFrancesco to serve on the State Planning Commission and the Garden State Preservation Trust. During her tenure as a partner with Clark & Caton architecture and planning, she was appointed master for Mt. Laurel housing litigation in New Jersey Superior Court for several affordable housing cases.
In 2008, Karen served as the State Director of the Hillary Clinton for President Campaign in New Jersey. Karen served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in August 2008.
Always active in politics, Karen served as deputy vice-chair of the New Jersey State Democratic Party from 2001 to 2006, appointed by former State Chairman and former Speaker of the New Jersey Assembly Joe Roberts. In 1996, she was selected as a New Jersey representative for President Clinton to the Electoral College. Karen also served on the New Jersey Real Estate Commission, having been appointed by Governor Codey in 2006.
Karen was named by NJBIZ as one of "The Best 50 Women in Business" for 2013. In 2003, she received the Women of Distinction Award for Public Service from the Delaware-Raritan Girl Scouts, and in 2005 was honored by PAM’s List, a NJ democratic women’s organization.
A licensed professional planner, Karen is a graduate of Douglass College – Rutgers University and received her Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University.