KAREN FIES, Chair
Karen Fies serves as the At-Large representative on the Council. Karen has over 35 years in the field of social services and retired in October 2020 as the Director for the Sonoma County Human Services Department. As director, Karen managed over 900 employees and an annual budget of approximately $325 million.
Karen originally moved to the Mark West area in 1986. She and her husband, Brian, a writer and cartoonist, lost their home in the Tubbs Fire in 2017. They have rebuilt and moved back to the neighborhood where they raised their now adult twin daughters.
In her retirement, Karen enjoys volunteering for the community, gardening, reading, and walking her dog, Riley. In addition to her work with the MWCAC, she is on the boards of the United Way of the Wine Country and the Family Justice Center of Sonoma County. Karen has been a volunteer for the Girl Scouts of Northern California for over 25 years, chairing the Gold Award Committee for the North Coast region for the last 15 years. She looks forward to more adventures when the pandemic ends.