Former Deputy Director for the Office of the Governor of California,
which oversees the 8th largest economy in the world. Appointed by
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004, Karen Kukurin was responsible
for a three million-plus constituent base in the Los Angeles area,
targeting and developing advocacy support for issues and legislation
for the Governor. Key issues: Overhauling the state's $89 billion
budget and developing a global green economy.
Previously, she served as Vice President of Communications for The
Employers Group, overseeing legislation and legal advocacy programs
for one of the nation's largest human resources employer
associations. She was the first woman vice president in the
association's 100 year history. Among her responsibilities, she
managed the organization’s volunteer legal committee, which provided
briefs for almost every major employment case before the California
Supreme Court; many cases in the state and federal Appellate Courts,
as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Kukurin was the head of her own Beverly Hills-based public
relations firm and held previous positions in prominent public
relations/public affairs firms in Los Angeles, representing national
clients such as Baskin-Robbins, USC, Merle Norman Cosmetics, United
Way, Fiat of Italy, Target, Inc., and Mervyn's.
She also served as Assistant PR Director for the Tournament of Roses
Assn., interfacing with national and international media.
She is a former member of American Women for International
Understanding ( AWIU) , a world-wide network fostering understanding
and goodwill among nations. She was a committee member for the 2010
Women of Courage Gala at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.,
held in conjunction with the U.S. State Dept. to honor ten women
selected from U.S. Embassies around the world. She also served as
Chair for the "Women Making Our Mark in the Millennium," state-wide
conference of the Association of California Commissions for Women.
She is a founder of the Women's Council of the LA Regional Foodbank,
3rd largest food bank in the country.