Voter’s Edge California
Get the facts before you vote.
Brought to you by
MapLight
League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
We depend on your support.
Invest in unbiased information

Text VOTE to 52000 to donate $10.

With your support, we can reach and inform more voters.

Donate now to spread the word.

Party Committee

San Mateo County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 4

Photo of Karen Maki

Karen Maki

Incumbent
Use tab to activate the candidate button. Use "return" to select this candidate. You can access your list by navigating to 'My Choices'.
For more in-depth information on this candidate, follow the links for each tab in this section. For most screenreaders, you can hit Return or Enter to enter a tab and read the content within.
Candidate has provided information.
Thank candidate for sharing their information on Voter's Edge.

My Top 3 Priorities

  • Combat and adapt to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting forests, securing water supply, reducing vulnerability to sea level rise and wildfire
  • Provide affordable housing, good education, and livable wage for all San Mateo County residents.
  • Engage more citizen participation in our democracy and to make it strong and transparent.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Incumbent
Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
Member, San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee — Appointed position (2011–2016)
Supplier Manager, Applications Tool Manager, Staff Systems Programmer, Intel (1987–1999)

Education

Santa Clara University MA, Counseling (1989)
San Francisco State University BA, Sociology (1969)

Community Activities

Board Member, Environmental Protection Information Center (2020–current)
Executive Committee Member, Sierra Club California (2020–current)
Northern Vice Chair, Chair, Secretary, Sierra Club California (2010–current)
Chair, Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter, Forest Protection Committee (2001–current)
Participant, San Mateo County Firesafe Council (2019–current)

Biography

I have been a member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee for nine years. I have served on the executive committee as southern vice chair since 2018.

I have served as chair or co-chair of the Endorsements Committee since the November 2018 election. The Endorsement Committee researches, interviews, and makes endorsement recommendations to the full Central Committee on local candidates and ballot measures. Political endorsements are one of the most influential actions taken by the Central Committee. In 2019, the other co-chair and I facilitated the adoption of changes to the endorsement process including defining when an Endorsement Committee member must recuse herself/himself from deliberations. We received an award in appreciation of the process improvements.  The endorsement process is documented at http://smcdems.org.

I have also served on the Resolutions Committee, which screens resolutions before they are presented to the Central Committee. I have introduced resolutions to get the local Democratic Party’s support for an end to clearcutting of California forests, supporting the upgrade of bare wire and antiquated utility equipment rather than the removal of many trees, and the adoption of reach codes that would require more energy efficient local building standards than the state’s.  In 2019, the California Democratic Party adopted my resolution calling for the upgrade of bare wire and antiquated utility equipment rather than the removal of over 100 million trees. 

I have been an environmental activist with the Sierra Club for the last 20 years. I was the chair of the local Sierra Club chapter for five years, and during that time learned a great deal about San Mateo County environmental and political issues. For the last twelve years, I have been active on the Sierra Club California Executive Committee (secretary, vice chair, member) and Conservation Committee (chair, northern vice chair, or secretary). I am also the volunteer lead of the Stop Clearcutting California Campaign and co-chair of the State Forest Committee.  In 2019, Sierra Club California presented me with an award for my longstanding efforts to stop clearcutting California’s forests.

Before retiring, I worked 25 years with computer software. My last and longest employer was Intel. I also have an MA in counseling, and an inactive Marriage Family Therapy license.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Kirsten Keith, Former Mayor, Menlo Park

Organizations (1)

  • Peninsula for Everyone, Building an Equitable and Sustainable Future Together

Elected Officials (4)

  • Senator Jerry Hill
  • Gail Slocum, Former Mayor, Menlo Park
  • Ray Mueller, Menlo Park City Council Member
  • Regina Wallace-Jones, East Palo Alto Mayor

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

After Al Gore lost the presidency in 2000, I realized the necessity of actively supporting the environment and politics.  While voting and donations are critical, they are often not enough to secure the desired outcome.

In 2005, I initiated and managed the Beat Bush campaign, which resulted in 30,000 phone calls and 8000 postcards to Sierra Club members in battleground states. We lost, but I did what I could.

In 2018, I spent 6 days walking precincts for TJ Cox. He just barely beat the incumbent to secure a congressional seat – and was part of the blue wave that returned Nancy Pelosi to speaker.

Position Papers

Biography

Summary

Highliights of experience with San Mateo County Democratic Party and the Sierra Club. 

I have been a member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee for nine years. I have served on the executive committee as southern vice chair since 2018.

I have served as chair or co-chair of the Endorsements Committee since the November 2018 election. The Endorsement Committee researches, interviews, and makes endorsement recommendations to the full Central Committee on local candidates and ballot measures. Political endorsements are one of the most influential actions taken by the Central Committee. In 2019, the other co-chair and I facilitated the adoption of changes to the endorsement process including defining when an Endorsement Committee member must recuse herself/himself from deliberations. We received an award in appreciation of the process improvements.  The endorsement process is documented at http://smcdems.org.

I have also served on the Resolutions Committee, which screens resolutions before they are presented to the Central Committee. I have introduced resolutions to get the local Democratic Party’s support for an end to clearcutting of California forests, supporting the upgrade of bare wire and antiquated utility equipment rather than the removal of many trees, and the adoption of reach codes that would require more energy efficient local building standards than the state’s.  In 2019, the California Democratic Party adopted my resolution calling for the upgrade of bare wire and antiquated utility equipment rather than the removal of over 100 million trees. 

I have been an environmental activist with the Sierra Club for the last 20 years. I was the chair of the local Sierra Club chapter for five years, and during that time learned a great deal about San Mateo County environmental and political issues. For the last twelve years, I have been active on the Sierra Club California Executive Committee (secretary, vice chair, member) and Conservation Committee (chair, northern vice chair, or secretary). I am also the volunteer lead of the Stop Clearcutting California Campaign and co-chair of the State Forest Committee.  In 2019, Sierra Club California presented me with an award for my longstanding efforts to stop clearcutting California’s forests.

Before retiring, I worked 25 years with computer software. My last and longest employer was Intel. I also have an MA in counseling, and an inactive Marriage Family Therapy license.

Political Philosophy

Summary

How I Became an Activist

After Al Gore lost the presidency in 2000, I realized the necessity of actively supporting the environment and politics.  While voting and donations are critical, they are often not enough to secure the desired outcome.

In 2005, I initiated and managed the Beat Bush campaign, which resulted in 30,000 phone calls and 8000 postcards to Sierra Club members in battleground states. We lost, but I did what I could.

In 2018, I spent 6 days walking precincts for TJ Cox. He just barely beat the incumbent to secure a congressional seat – and was part of the blue wave that returned Nancy Pelosi to speaker.

Please share this site to help others research their voting choices.

PUBLISHING:PRODUCTION SERVER:PRODUCTION