Karen Shepherd’s career has been broad and varied. Most recently, she served as a Presidential appointment to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), representing the United States on its Board of Directors in London, England. Karen began her career as a college English teacher in Cairo, Egypt and at BYU, and in 1975, became the first woman to be Director of Salt Lake County Social Services. She continued work at Westminster College as the Director of Continuing Education until 1978 when she became the editor and publisher of Network Magazine, a Utah based magazine for women who work outside the home. Network soon expanded into Webster Publishing, a company which specialized in women’s health publications and originated the original publications of KUED’s Seven and the Salt Lake Visitor’s Guide.
In 1990, Karen was elected to the Utah State Senate where she served two years before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1992. Following her time in Congress, Karen was a Fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institute of Politics at Harvard, a Lecturer in the honor’s program at the University of Utah, and a participant in international democracy-building efforts in Slovakia, Israel’s West Bank, Ukraine, and Russia. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of the David Eccles School of Business and its Community Health Advisory Board, the College of Humanities Partnership Advisory Board, and the Fourth Street Clinic. She is a board member for UBS Bank USA and the O.C. Tanner Company. She has served on numerous Boards and Commissions, including the National Planned Parenthood Action Fund and PAC.