Karen is the strategic force behind all of Petel & Co.’s work, ensuring campaign strategy and message comes through in the mail we create. Her experience winning campaigns and deep understanding of electoral targeting have been key factors in Petel & Co. winning some of the toughest campaigns in America.
Few consultants can match her record of direct, on-the-ground experience. Having served as campaign manager, communications director, researcher and field operative for candidates at nearly every level, Karen’s direct mail expertise is born of nearly 20 years of practical, hands-on experience.
Karen previously served as political director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), regional political director for EMILY’s List and director of the WOMEN VOTE! Project.
A highly sought-after trainer and presenter, Karen is on the board at the Women’s Campaign School at Yale and has instructed candidates and campaign staff all over the U.S for the AFL-CIO, EMERGE, EMILY’s List, DCCC, George Washington University and American University. Karen has also worked extensively with the candidates and activists in the United Kingdom, Italy, Hong Kong, the Middle East and Africa.