Karen Skelton is president and founder of Skelton Strategies, a Sacramento-based political consulting firm. A “veteran California strategist” according to The New York Times, Skelton translates complicated policy problems into manageable resolutions through politics, communications, law, and community engagement. For almost a decade, she worked with Maria Shriver as the CEO and managing editor of The Shriver Reports, a nonprofit media initiative examining seismic societal shifts affecting American women today. In that role, she was the coordinating producer of an Emmy-nominated and Academy Award Honoree for the HBO documentary, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. She has managed some of the most complex and entrepreneurial projects in the nation for presidents, vice presidents, governors, chancellors, CEOs, investors, non-profits and families. She spent about a decade in Washington DC working in the Clinton/Gore administration and White House, and another decade managing a national public affairs firm, building it from scratch with a DC-based partner into a multimillion dollar business.
She holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she graduated with honors in English.