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Karen Magner brings experience in web content creation, marketing communications, grant writing, event coordination and legislative affairs. She also contributes a global perspective from her background in academia and having lived in France and Africa.

During the past several years, Karen has provided copywriting, brand messaging, marketing and PR support for wide-ranging audiences across multiple industries. She served an integral writing role in the major website redesign of IHS—a multibillion-dollar global data services firm headquartered in Colorado. Based on her results, IHS extended her contract several times to refine the web content for its consulting, chemical, supply chain and energy products. Prior to IHS, Karen worked in marketing, PR and event production for the Denver World Affairs Council, a speakers’ series on international affairs.

Karen honed her writing skills while receiving her Ph.D. in political science at Northwestern University. As a French government fellow, she spent a year in Paris and authored a dissertation on French-African monetary relations. While at Northwestern, she received various federal and university grants. She looks forward to using these experiences to providing writing support to businesses and non-profits to help increase their brand presence to their target audiences.

Before graduate school, Karen worked as a legislative specialist for a leading Washington, D.C. law firm, where she tracked international trade and tax bills for Fortune 500 clients. Her duties included drafting bill comparisons, writing committee and floor statements, and meeting directly with congressional staff to convey client positions.

Karen’s strengths include aligning organizational objectives with compelling content, distilling complex topics into customer-centric material, and collaborating across the organization to devise strategy and execute projects on time.

In addition to her Ph.D., Karen holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in government and minored in business. She is the secretary of the parent-teachers’ association at her daughter’s school and enjoys volunteering with her son at Project C.U.R.E. In her free time, she loves running and anything related to French culture—especially “la cuisine.”