About Karen Holman

Karen HolmanKaren Holman
250 Hamilton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 444-4017
karen.holman@cityofpaloalto.org

Personal

  • Born in Carthage, Missouri
  • Moved to Palo Alto in 1975
  • Divorced, no children 

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Arkansas, Graphic Arts 

Council Service

  • Elected to City Council, 2009
  • Mayor, 2015
  • Member, Council Appointed Officers Committee, 2011-13, 2016 
  • Member, Council Appointed Officers Committee, 2011 (Chair), 2017
  • Member, Finance Committee, 2014, 2016-17 
  • Member, Policy and Services Committee, 2010-13
  • Chair, Policy and Services Committee, 2011
  • Member, Regional Housing Mandate Committee, 2012-14
  • Chair, Regional Housing Mandate Committee, 2013
  • Liaison, Historic Resources Board, 2016-17
  • Liaison, Parks & Recreation Commission, 2010-11
  • Liaison, Public Art Commission, 2013-14, 2016 (Alternate) 
  • Liaison, Human Relations Commission, 2012
  • Liaison, Palo Alto Youth Council, 2017
  • Liaison, Project Safety Net, 2017
  • League of California Cities, Peninsula Division, 2013-14 
  • Alternate, Palo Alto Housing Corporation, 2010-11 (Liaison), 2017 
  • Liaison, California Avenue Area Development Association, 2013-14
  • Liaison, SCVWD Lower Peninsula Flood Control & Watershed Advisory Committee, 2013 
  • Member, Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), 2010   
  • Liaison, California Avenue Business Association, 2013, 2016 
  • Member, Santa Clara Valley Water District Commission, 2010-12

Community Service

  • Eight years on the Palo Alto Planning & Transportation Commission
  • Two-term Chair of the Planning & Transportation Commission
  • Co-Chair, South of Forest Working Group
  • Co-chair Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space Advisory Committee, 2015-16
  • Member, Palo Alto Zero Waste Task Force
  • Member, Acterra Zero Waste Working Group
  • Member, Palo Alto Women's Club Board
  • Alumna, Leadership Palo Alto
  • President, Board Member, and Docent, Palo Alto Stanford Heritage
  • Board Member, Palo Alto Historical Association
  • Board Member, University South Neighborhood Association
  • Tutor, East Palo Alto Reading Program

Professional Experience

  • Graphics Department, Glenn, Bozell, & Jacobs, Dallas, Texas
  • Graphic Designer, Tracy Locke Advertising, Dallas Texas
  • Graphic Designer, Art Director, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Graphics Department Manager, Lawrence & Lierle, Palo Alto, CA
  • Graphics Department Manager, Bozell & Jacobs, Palo Alto, CA
  • Production Manager, Hodskins, Simone, & Searls, Palo Alto, CA
  • Owner: Graphic Design, Project and Production Management Businesses Production Manager, Lena Chow Advertising, Palo Alto, CA
  • Director, Palo Alto History Museum
  • Preservation and Conservation Land Use Consultant

Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017