Karen Czarnecki

Vice President for Outreach

Karen Czarnecki is the Vice President for Outreach for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Karen was previously the director of education at the Law & Economics Center (LEC) at George Mason University School of Law.

Prior to the LEC, Karen worked as Chief of Staff for Congressman Mike Kelly, a communications advisor, and served in the U.S. Department of Labor as Director, Office of the 21st Century Workforce; Deputy Assistant Secretary, Intergovernmental Affairs; and Acting Assistant Secretary, ODEP. Before that, Karen worked with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House.

Karen is an adjunct professor at George Mason, where she teaches a public policy seminar as part of the Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems for the Fund for American Studies. She is also a member and former co-chair, Board of Regents for the Fund for American Studies. Karen earned a BA and JD from the Catholic University of America. 

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