Karen Snyder has been active in water, wastewater and environmental public affairs for 30 years, specializing in strategic communication planning, public involvement, meeting facilitation, community relations, spokesperson and media training, and crisis communication. She has extensive experience working on highly technical, often controversial projects and multi-year programs that require consistent, sustained and targeted stakeholder outreach and involvement. Karen’s project portfolio includes working on issues associated with utility rates, water quality concerns, large-scale capital improvement programs, project construction, CEQA and NEPA public involvement, military readiness initiatives, and site selection for basing of military aircraft, among others. In addition, Karen can seamlessly integrate into client and consultant project teams, providing counsel and elbow grease to bring projects and public engagement efforts to successful conclusions.
Karen is a member of the American Water Works Association Technical and Educational Council, chair of the TEC Communication Committee, and she has served as a member of multiple Water Research Foundation Project Advisory Committees. She has also instructed an AWWA Crisis Communications and Media Relations Seminar throughout the U.S. Karen has a B.S. in Journalism/Public Relations from the University of Maryland.