Appointed May 2013
Term expires June 2016
Karen Lee is the chief executive officer of Pioneer Human Services, a nationally recognized organization that is the only provider of integrated treatment, housing and employment services in Washington State. With over 55 facilities, Pioneer focuses on serving people overcoming the challenges of chemical dependency and criminal histories. The organization’s broad range of programs help people who are re-entering their communities from prison or jail recover from addiction and mental health issues, secure housing and overcome employment barriers.
Pioneer is also a unique social enterprise that operates several lines of business to include full-service precision sheet metal fabrication and machine shop manufacturing, food service, and construction and labor services divisions. The enterprises provide training and job opportunities for clients and generate revenue to help sustain the social mission.
In December 2010, Lee was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Western Washington University. She also served five years as a commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department. From 1997 to 2005, Lee held a variety of positions at Puget Sound Energy and was an associate attorney at a Seattle law firm.
Lee earned her bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she majored in Russian studies. She holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.