Karen Knudsen

Executive Director, Clark Fork Coalition
Karen has worked with the Missoula, Montana-based Clark Fork Coalition in a variety of capacities for 25 years, the past 11 as its executive director. Karen is active in local and regional conservation efforts. She serves on the Mayor’s Climate & Sustainability Group in Missoula and the Executive Committee of Climate Smart Missoula, both of which are efforts to foster partnerships and actions that build a vibrant, resilient community. She is also part of the Healthy Headwaters Leadership Team for Carpe Diem West, a regional organization addressing climate impacts on water in the American West. In addition, Karen serves on the board of the Watershed Restoration Coalition, a group of ranchers working to conserve natural resources in the headwaters of the Clark Fork watershed. Karen holds a B.A. in Economics from Colorado College and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Syracuse University. With Missoula as home base, she enjoys travel adventures with her spouse and two teenage children, river trips, backpacking, ice hockey, telemark skiing, mountain biking, and gardening.