Karen Skelton is president of Skelton Strategies, a boutique political and strategic consulting firm. She recently completed three tours of duty as CEO and managing editor of The Shriver Reports, a nonprofit media initiative examining seismic societal shifts affecting American women today. In that role, she was the coordinating producer of an Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert. She spent about a decade in Washington DC working in the Clinton/Gore Administration and White House, and another decade managing a national public affairs firm, building it from scratch with a DC-based partner into a multimillion dollar business. Working at the intersection of politics, business, communications, law, and policy, she has managed some of the most complex and entrepreneurial projects in the nation for presidents, vice presidents, governors, CEOs, foundations, and families. For seven years she was the co-executive producer of Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in English.