Karen Pataky

As Director for Public Policy and Political Action, Karen is responsible for developing and advocating for public policy positions on local, national and international issues. She serves as chair of the Public Policy and Political Action Committee, which consists of task forces that develop and act on issues in their particular policy areas. Karen also serves as an ex officio member of the GOTV Committee.

Karen served as Vice President for Public Policy and Political Action from December 2014 – June 2017. Karen worked as a nurse practitioner for 40 years. Highlights of her career include serving as Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management at Planned Parenthood of Metro DC (20 years), while also providing direct patient care and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University (15 years) in both clinical practice and bioethics. She developed a syllabus and trained Peace Corps medical officers (10 years) and served on the DC Board of Nursing (9 years), heading a task force that established the first rules and regulations governing nurse practitioners’ practice. In 1989, Karen received WUSA’s One and Only 9 award “In recognition for Outstanding [volunteer] Service to HIV/AIDS Patients and their Families.” She is a lifelong member of the ACLU and the ADA. Karen has been a proud progressive Democratic activist since 1960, active in presidential campaigns and movements for civil rights, against the Vietnam War, for reproductive choice, and for AIDS awareness and compassion.