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A life-long resident of Spokane, Karen Stratton graduated from Marycliff High School and received her undergraduate degree from Eastern Washington University. 

Karen’s professional background includes experience in state and local government, higher education and the private sector.  She worked as a legislative aide in the Washington State House of Representatives for four legislative sessions; she was employed by WSU-Spokane for 10 years and spent four years at the Community Colleges of Spokane Training and Education Coordinating Center.  While in the private sector, she worked three years spearheading community relations and philanthropic activities to local non-profit agencies.

Beginning in 2005, Karen worked for the City of Spokane.  She served as an aide to Mayors Jim West and Mary Verner.  She also worked as the Public Information Coordinator for the Spokane Regional Solid Waste System and, before her appointment to the City Council in 2014, she worked in the Office of the City Clerk.

Her community involvement includes numerous boards and commissions: Mid-City Concerns, St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane Centennial Trail Board of Directors, Spokane Human Rights Commission, Gonzaga University Task Force on Human Relations, Community Oriented Policing Board of Directors, the Trinity Catholic School Advisory Council and the Spokane Lilac Festival Association.

As a member of the City Council she has served on the board of the Spokane Regional Health District, the Spokane COPS board, the board of Spokane Neighborhood Action Programs (SNAP), the Community, Housing and Human Services Board, the Spokane Arts Board, and the board of Priority Spokane, among others.   

Married to Chris Wright, a local attorney, Chris and Karen have a son, Ben, a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and currently residing in Maryland.  They have lived in the Audubon Park neighborhood for more than 27 years.

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PO Box 10636
Spokane WA 99209
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