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Karen Skelton - Dewey Square Group

Karen Skelton has been an advisor, strategist, campaign manager and field organizer on some of the most complex, groundbreaking and entrepreneurial projects in the nation.

Skelton founded the California office of the Dewey Square Group — one of the country’s leading public affairs firm. Skelton grew the multi-million dollar California consulting practice from the ground up. DSG CA specializes in political strategies and communications, energy, green tech and environmental policy and general government relations.

Since 2003, Skelton has worked as the executive co-producer and program director for the California Governor and First Lady’s Women’s Conference. She manages all aspects of programming for the world’s premier live-event for women, including helping to manage its growth and success; as well as preparing, scripting, and designing authentic and meaningful conversations for over 500 world famous newsmakers and private citizens.

Skelton is also the Senior Executive Producer for Maria Shriver’s national project that launched in 2009 called “A Woman’s Nation.” This is a multi-year, action-oriented project focused on capturing an accurate and up-to-date portrait of the American woman and developing next steps needed to remove barriers to her success.

Skelton previously worked in the White House during the Clinton Administration on the political staff and as a member of the defense team that argued against the Impeachment of the President of the United States. Skelton served as the first Director of Political Affairs for then Vice President Al Gore, initiating and managing his first national political program in preparation for his 2000 election campaign.

As a lawyer, Skelton prosecuted criminal cases at the U.S. Department of Justice as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, and as a trial lawyer in the Division of Environmental Enforcement. She was named Chief Counsel of the Federal Highway Administration in January 1999, where she oversaw the Department’s federal audit of the historic “Big Dig” project in Boston and the completed retrofit of the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge.

Skelton received her B.A. with honors in English from UCLA, a Masters from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and her J.D. from UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law. She currently serves on the boards of the California Arts Council and the UC Berkeley Institute for Governmental Studies. In 2010, Skelton made the Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 List of the most influential people in California politics.

Skelton is a working mother who lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband and two daughters.

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